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Old 09-08-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Chemiclean - Red Slime (Cyano-bacteria remover)

This is my first time using this. Can you all help me confirm what I need to do here....

I need to shut off skimmer
remove chemical filtration (carbon)
Add an additional Koralia 1 flow rate
Mix dosage in separate bucket with some water -- then add to the tank.
Do a 20% water change after 48hours

This sound right? So I can leave my return pump on??

Anyone know if my water will change colors when this is in? If I perform system tests, what should I look for?
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I have usually found out from others that it might take care of the problem short term but it always comes back. It is a band aid solution. Long term would be to take care of the fuel source.
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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Definitely understood --- I have done a 20% water change every day for 3 days. I have rinsed all of my filters / sponges in the water change water.. I also rinsed out my BIO balls.

I added about 2 lb's of LR rubble and am going to leave WITH the BIO balls for a couple weeks, and then take out the BIO's completely.

All my test results are coming back perfectly...

I believe i'm on the right path!
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If you believe you're on the right path, then why do you want to use the chemicals?

Getting rid of cyano doesn't happen overnight, even if you do all the right things. Our tanks are complex little ecosystems that don't turn on a dime, if you know what I mean. If you think you're on the right path, then I'd continue the path and see what happens.

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I just thought it would give me an "extra" push to getting it cleaned up.
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I agree with the rest. I had to battle cyano as well. Keep in mind, all of our tanks are different and some things work for some folks and others just don't. I would continue the siphon and PWCs (have you checked your source water), reduce lighting and feeding, increase PWC. I like to go as natural as possible. Also remember, cyano is a bacteria....just like your beneficial bacteria.....
I ended up switch from IO to reef crystals and the cyano went away.
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I might bein the minority here, but I believe in the Chemiclean for a start. Worked for me when I did both. Add it and do the water changes with an eye on why you have it in the first place so you can fix it and keep it from coming back.
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I understand Ray. My problem is that there is no long term benefit. I have seen it work short term but never for the long haul.
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Thanks all, as always, for your valuable feedback! I have decided to keep my eye on the problem, but to "assist" a little by going ahead and using the Chemiclean...

Can we go back to my original questions:

Can you all help me confirm what I need to do here....

I need to shut off skimmer
remove chemical filtration (carbon)
Add an additional Koralia 1 flow rate
Mix dosage in separate bucket with some water -- then add to the tank.
Do a 20% water change after 48hours

This sound right? So I can leave my return pump on??

Anyone know if my water will change colors when this is in? If I perform system tests, what should I look for?
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Ray has used it so he may be able to help.
How long have you had that carbon running in the filter? What else is in the filter?
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