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Old 09-08-2008, 08:21 PM   #11
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Thanks... Roka, i'm the one with the solana aquarium (34gal).. I had BIO bags and Carbon. I just added LR rubble and will wait a couple weeks and then take the BIO bags out.

The carbon bag has been in there since Aug 20th.... so not even a month yet. I don't feel like the Cyano is getting worst - it's getting better, so all the advise from you all has definitely helped!
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Remember, carbon will last 1-2 weeks before leeching nasties back into your tank. You can either change it or just take it out. I think you may see an improvement.
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Oh yeah. By all means do not use the red slime stuff consistently. Maybe it was just the psychological boost I needed to see something right away. One time use.That made me go full bore on making sure it didn't come back. The kind I used was mixed with sw according tothe instructions. It made the water yellow for a bit. I did turn my skimmer off for the day.
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I have used Chemi-clean and like all other products, if you don't know what is in it, be cautious. I have had it trigger macroalges to go asexual and virtually crash a system. Make sure you perform the proper water changes afterwards. On a second note, very few studies if any have determined "aged" carbon and releaching a system. Depending on how it is used there's no reason it cannot last up to a month, but changing it bi-monthly would be on the safe side
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This "carbon" thing seems to be one of the most opinion based topic for systems... some say keep it for a couple months... some say for a couple weeks and some say don't use it at all.

If I take it out... what exactly is that doing? Isn't it there to help with the nitrates? So would I expect a spike in nitrates or something else if I take it out?
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As as been said it is a band aid solution and can actually cause more harm then good. A friend of mine used it and ended up crashing his system. I would diagnose the problem and work from there. Cyano feeds on excess nutrients and frequent PWCs will help eliminate the problem. Adding a refugium to your system to eat up the excess nutrients will further help and benefit you system.
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In Jan I plan on upgrading to a 125 gallon... and putting this 34gallon in the garage and using as a Refuge... but until then .. LOL
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Until then I would increase the number of PWCs you do in a month. I change 20-30% every other week on my system.
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If I take it out... what exactly is that doing? Isn't it there to help with the nitrates? So would I expect a spike in nitrates or something else if I take it out?
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