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Old 06-19-2005, 10:04 PM   #1
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Cyano problems continue...

I still can't beat my cyano problem. I'm now vaccuuming out cyano and replacing 10% water daily. I swear it comes back so fast that you can see it growing!

I've replaced my first two stages of my RO/DI filter. I haven't changed the RO since it is only 1 year old...and I haven't changed the DI since the color change is only 1/4, but the DI is next.

SPS corals seem to be able to fend it off and are doing fine, but my leather coral is loosing the battle. I haven't seen my star polyps open in 4 months.

Repeated doses of chemi-pure have done nothing. I'm running AC, rowaphos, and now I'm trying some Phosban as well. I'm feeding only once every three days now. So far, I haven't starved any fish although the clown is getting thinner.

I've reduced my MH hours by 20%. I've found that the cyano stays in check as long as I leave the MH off. I wonder what a month of darkness would do for my corals?
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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Have you tried UltraLife Red slime remover? Got rid of mine in 24 hrs. Just make sure you turn off your skimmer for a few days....
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:38 PM   #3
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Circulation and UV filtration. Bottom line.

Place a power head flowing gently across the bed of your tank.

Additives will never solve anything, only add more problems, and possibly kill off other tank-mates. If your tanks can't fend it off, additives will only incur additional cost to your hobby as you will never solve the riddle... additives can only help push things away so much but you'll need natural (or continuous normal filtration) cleansing.
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Circulation and UV filtration. Bottom line.

Place a power head flowing gently across the bed of your tank.

Additives will never solve anything, only add more problems, and possibly kill off other tank-mates. If your tanks can't fend it off, additives will only incur additional cost to your hobby as you will never solve the riddle... additives can only help push things away so much but you'll need natural (or continuous normal filtration) cleansing.
Are you calling ultralife red slime remove an "additive" ???
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:46 PM   #5
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A medicinal additive -- sure.
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A medicinal additive -- sure.
I must assume from your statement that it might "kill of tanks mates" that you have never used this product?

I will agree with you though that water quality and/or lack of water movement is usually the culprit.

I would not be so quick to discount the product I mentioned above. I used it recently and worked like a charm and is the product of choice by many @ LFS and other reef forums on the 'net...

Here is a link with a description as well as reviews by others that have used the product: http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...product=UL1311
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I'm not here to argue your advertisement for whatever product your sporting. I'm glad it worked for you. I hope your tank continues to stay clear.

I've never had this problem (but know several who have had it), and can say that I haven't had to use any additional products to prevent or remove this problem. I must be doing something wrong because I haven't had to use this magic product.

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I'm dearly afraid of using any kind of substance that has the capability of killing this stuff for fear of killing other kinds of bacteria that I need.

Having said that, I did try Chemi-clean (very cautiously)...so I've reached that pretty desperate stage.

I can increase tank circulation somewhat, and I'll try that. The Cyano grows EVERYWHERE, including some places that have very high flow...so I'm not optimistic about that one.

UV sterilizer...that's one I haven't heard.
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Re: Cyano problems continue...

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I've replaced my first two stages of my RO/DI filter. I haven't changed the RO since it is only 1 year old...and I haven't changed the DI since the color change is only 1/4, but the DI is next.
I would change the R/O membrane. Do you have a TDS meter and if so, what is the reading your getting?
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UV kills all floating microscopic organisms, be it good or bad -- but wont kill your inhabitants . Can't really say its as much a plus as any said additives but my tank does great with it running 24-7 for the past 7 months.

I also use 7-cycle purified water, decent flow over the entirety of the tank, UV sterilization, and carbon filtration (not really to remove bacteria but any possible smell).

Hope you see some signs of success.
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