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Old 06-20-2005, 01:17 PM   #11
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is there any cleaning crew that eats this cyano??
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:47 PM   #12
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is there any cleaning crew that eats this cyano??
Sure. Other microscopic organisms -- but typically cyano grows and reproduces at a much greater rate than whatever consumes it.

Reduce light
Increase flow to infected areas
UV sterilization
Use purified water.... (or more purified, whichever the case may be).
Water changes will help as well.

One good thing I've noticed is it will typically die/disappear as fast as it appeared.
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Old 06-20-2005, 02:31 PM   #13
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so no crabs/hermits or snails that chow on this stuff
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Those all eat detritus, and other algae types. Cyano is a bacteria.

Some fish are listed to eat it, but no one has shown any significant benefit from using said fishes -- they simply can't keep up with the rate of reproduction of the bacteria.
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excuse my dumbness but what does cyano look like?
any pics anyone has
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Red slime. When it gets bad it looks like red hair growth all over your sand bed, can spread over your liverock and when its really bad even the back of your tank will be covered.

Its a bright, deep red. Like blood red. Not the pretty purple stuff that should be on your rock -- tho that looks like a "crust" formation on your rocks, not slimey or hairy.

Do a google search for images of "cyano bacteria".. you're bound to find tons of ugly pictures 8O
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ok....the red hair is enough...i have it

so now Im in the same boat...I personally dont think waterf low will do anything to this.
I have alot of flow and it still comes back....plus if i move the PH to flow that area it will move to another area....so thats worthless
I really dont want to have to buy a UV filter....and honestly i dont see how that will resolve the existing cyano? I can only see it keepin it form coming back.
So Im left with lighting and water changes.
Granted I am not blessed to be able to top off with RO/DI water changes and Im sure this may be why I have it...so until I get that I think I may read up on an additive to help kill it
Lighting - I only have NO lights....granted its 160watts and I admit tend to keep it on along time
maybe Ill try to keep the lights off for a few days
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Do you have a TDS meter and if so, what is the reading your getting?
Sorry...slow to read my own thread...and too busy doing another clean and water change.

I don't have a TDS meter. I've just been running on the assumption that my RO/DI system was working well because it was still well below it's expected life. I'll pick one up tomorrow and see what it says. I have a flush kit and I think I've taken good care of my RO membrane.
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I had a terrible Cyano problem about 2 weeks ago. I used Red Slime remover and it worked GREAT!!

All of my fish and inverts all stayed alive and appear to be doin very well..

I also have a HEX and it appears to me that HEX are vulnerable to this problem becasue it is difficult to circulate the water (correct me if i am wrong)
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