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Old 09-03-2009, 01:01 AM   #11
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If it is cyano i've had GREAT luck with chemi-clean red slime remover.
Wait up on the chemical solution. It does work but first you should ask yourself if you are feeding to much, do you have the lights on a timer or are you hit or miss as to when you turn them on or off. It looks like cyano and it's not really an algae, it's a bacteria. Try cutting down on feeding and if that does not work try reducing the photo period. and you can also direct lots of water flow to that area as this helps alot. The reason you don't want to use chemicals right off the bat is that cyano can adapt and come back even stronger the next time.
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The other issue with using the chemical solutions is that IF your tank water parameters aren't "normal", and IF your tank doesn't have a "normal" amount of oxygen in it, and IF you don't follow the directions exactly... you have a good chance of crashing your tank.

Too many "ifs" for me. Best to find the problem and solve it.
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The chemicals were my last resort. I tried all of the above. By the time it looked slimey it was all over.
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Will these chemicals harm corals? How about Crocea clams? I am having a fit trying to banish this stuff from my tank. I barely feed any more and keep the lights on for 8 hours a day. I remove the stuff daily, and each morning see it coming back.

I use DI water, and phosphate test shows zero phosphates. Nitrates are around 10ppm.

There is also a more annoying thing that grows on the tank sides. Its brown and slimy, but forms round spots. It has to be scraped off with a straight edge rather than scrubbed. It also returns by morning???

I usually feed flake food, but the fish eat ALL of it. None ever goes uneaten. I also feed frozen mysis from time to time.

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Hmmm, it seems that using the chemicals require a bit of work. Multiple water changes and such. I hate having to mix water! Especially with a hydrometer.

I think I might just try some other things. Will macroalgea reduce the nutrients in the water and compete with the cyno? If so, would it be as easy as throwing the stuff in and waiting? Do some work better than others?

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Old 09-03-2009, 02:25 AM   #17
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The chemicals were my last resort. I tried all of the above. By the time it looked slimey it was all over.
Flake, you did well using the chemical as a last resort. It's just to easy to use and not find out what caused it in the first place. When I had my cyano outbreak I finally found out what the problem was......It was "Friday". Not it can be hard to put a finger on it sometimes.
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I know why, it's my water. I'm trying to plumb and find space for RO right now. It's recurring but it was starting to cover corals so it had to go.
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mrg02d - I think your tank is still fairly young, right? Like less than 3 months since you cycled? When you first start up the tank, with the cycling and die off from live rock, learning how much to feed, blah blah blah... nutrients are usually pretty high in the water. In that situation, it's pretty easy for cyano and other nuisance algae to set up shop. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get rid of it - even if you're doing all the right things. If you're doing the right things, just be patient - you'll beat it.

Flake - agree with thincat... glad you considered it a last resort and you know the cause. So many times, it seems like people just use the stuff in place of good housekeeping and don't try to find out the "why" behind it all.
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+1 Kurt, well said...
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