i killed off all of my cyno in about 1 week !
(sounds interesting huh?)
first let me say this :
my tank was overrun by cyno big time and i was at the end of my rope
i finally decided to do the full teardown and start again from scratch
(note my skimmer was busted -rio 800 was broke and could not find a place nearby to buy another one and i have no bank account to go and buy one online)
so i went to pet supplies plus in bridgeville pa.
i was going to get a ugf
and run it in reverse
the guy i talked to was a guy named ivan (he really knows his craft)
he told me that was going to be a big mistake (full teardown- not buying a ugf
and told me to do this:
first get your circulation up (no prob for me a 1500 gph
pump plus a mj 1200 and a mj 1000 ph
)i figured i had about 15x flow in my 90 gallon with a scwd
second get the skimmer fixed ( i modified my excalibur with a mj 900 using the turbo venturi attachment -kept from my former seaclone 100)
now here is the cyno killing part !
go and get your self a package of MARACYN (NOT PLUS)
dont worry about it if it says for fresh water it will work fine
this is a medical treatment for popeye gill disease fungus etc
what this medicine is is eurithmicyn -a wide spectrum antibiotic
what you will be doing is -shocking the cyno-
do this in 2 steps do a half treatment wait 3 days and repeat with another half treatment -TAKE OUT YOUR CARBON
after a week there is NO
sign of cyno
on the second day of treatment i finally got my skimmer modified and with in 20 minutes i saw some skimmate appearing but the funny thing is after 2 hours it was pulling TONS of red scum out after 1 day i had 1/3 cup filled with red scum in my skimmer
this really works
and dont worry if you have invetibrates in your tank it wont affect them at all ivan uses this treatment in both of his reef tanks (1 softie and 1 hardie - and he uses it on his own system at his house)
i know what your probably thinking what about the good bacteria will it cause my tank to recycle?
possibly- every tank is different
i had a very minor ammonia increase for 1 day( only got up 1 shade on the color chart)
2 days later .0 amm .0 trite .15 trate