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Old 01-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #51
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I always did it when I changed it out
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:45 AM   #52
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You can use a product called "Chemiclean" safely. it will remove the visible cyano. Of course, it will come back if the high nutrient issue isn't rectified. It sounds like you are well on your way as far as that's concerned.
Im hesitant to use chemiclean because im scared it will come back and overdosing it. But if this cyano persist and im tired of it im might have to use this

My phosphate reads 0 now but im not sure if cyano is masking the result.
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I always did it when I changed it out
Ok will try that trick when I do my water change thanks
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:51 AM   #54
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use the chemiclean, do a water change and put in new GFO. If you kill the algae and let the GFO consume the PO4 then the algae may not return. Its a battle you have to get the GFO to consume the PO4 before the algae does.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #55
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I like chemiclean, too. It's absolutely safe and is the closest thing this hobby has to a silver bullet that I know of.
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I like chemiclean, too. It's absolutely safe and is the closest thing this hobby has to a silver bullet that I know of.
Ive seen chemiclean kill so would i call it absolutely safe? No.

Does it fix the underlying problem behind cyano? No.

Does it do anything beneficial for the aquarium? No.

Chemiclean can have some major side effects and the only purpose it serves is purely cosmetic.
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If used as directed it won't hurt anything but the cyano. I've used it many times on various tanks. What exactly did Chemiclean kill?
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If used as directed it won't hurt anything but the cyano. I've used it many times on various tanks. What exactly did Chemiclean kill?
Ive seen it kill both fish and coral. It was used as directed and it occurred in more than one tank across multiple owners. I have also seen it used many times without problems.

Chemiclean pulls oxygen out of the water column, enough that it can suffocate inhabitants if its not replaced in time.

My point being its not COMPLETELY safe and does not 'fix' anything but the cosmetic removal of cyano,
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If chemiclean killed livestock its very likely the directions weren't followed. The reason was probably lack of oxygen, if you place airstone in sump, point power heads at surface you will be fine. Chemiclean will not fix the problem however if you use it and immediatly follow it with GFO the GFO can out compeat it and absorb the PO4 before the cyano and fix the problem by reducind PO4 in the tank.
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Ok, it's not completely safe but I still believe that it can definitely be used safely. I prefer other steps like GFO, increased flow and water changes as a first course of action myself. It can be more harmful to leave persistent cyano in a tank than to use chemiclean. I've never had a bad encounter with this product. Even fish food can be lethal to a tank... usually when used as directed! I guess saying it's usually safe is more responsible. But it's been safe every time in my own personal experience.
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