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Old 04-06-2010, 07:27 PM   #11
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Yeah I read through the article a couple weeks ago when I started to try and get a handle on things. Maybe I'll try making my own fish food instead of buying it to reduce any phosphates that are entering the system even after I rinse. In the mean time I'm going to reduce the amount of food I use per feeding (1 cube of mysis to 1/2 cube) and see how that works out.
You may be over feeding with 1 cube. How many fish and what kind do you have? I only use mybe 1/3 of a cube. I have 2 clowns, a sixlines wrasse, and a strawberry baslet.

BTW- I have heard of that cyano clearing stuff to be potentially dangerous and usually result in the cyano adapting and becoming worse! I would only use it as a last resort.

Keep in mind that the cyano may be using up the nutrients so quickly that you dont realize that your over feeding. (Due to low test results).

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I used the Boyd's product a few years ago when I had a bad case of cyano. I still have a couple of vials of the stuff (I bought several at the time). It worked to help clear the cyano (skimmer went nuts). That's when I went to feeding 3x/week, more flow, etc. to keep it from coming back.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:23 AM   #13
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You may be over feeding with 1 cube. How many fish and what kind do you have? I only use mybe 1/3 of a cube. I have 2 clowns, a sixlines wrasse, and a strawberry baslet.

BTW- I have heard of that cyano clearing stuff to be potentially dangerous and usually result in the cyano adapting and becoming worse! I would only use it as a last resort.

Keep in mind that the cyano may be using up the nutrients so quickly that you dont realize that your over feeding. (Due to low test results).

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For my fish, I have an Ocellaris clown, Bicolor Psuedo, Bicolor Blenny, Blue Damsel, and a Chocolate tang. The tang primarily feeds on garlic enriched seaweed 3x a week but nibbles on some of the mysis. The rest maul the stuff and whatever they don't get, the cleaner shrimps, emerald crabs, and brittle star make short work of. Mysis isn't the only thing I feed, I also drop the occasionally shrimp pellets in and some occasional flake food once in a while to try and keep it interesting for them.

I've used products like Algaefix in the past with great success against hair algae, hasn't surfaced again since, and according to the bottle it says it kills cyano as well so I might try treating with that again while I build the sump/refugium and new stand.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:25 AM   #14
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I used the Boyd's product a few years ago when I had a bad case of cyano. I still have a couple of vials of the stuff (I bought several at the time). It worked to help clear the cyano (skimmer went nuts). That's when I went to feeding 3x/week, more flow, etc. to keep it from coming back.
Good to know Cmor, maybe the increase in flow from the return pump will help me further eliminate low flow areas. If the algaefix doesn't cut it, I'll seriously look into this Boyd stuff.
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I'll check to see if there's an expiration date. If not I'll send you one for the shipping cost. You still need to siphon out what you can during a pwc and do the other things to eliminate it.
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yeah, you are supposed to turn your skimmer off until you've done a water change or two to remove the excess nutrients or it will overflow.
no, that's not true that the "cyano clearing stuff" is potentially dangerous. not the chemi clean anyway. whoever made that story up about the cyano adapting has quite an imagination, and terrible tank husbandry.
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how old are your lights? try changing out your lights also.
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my tank was getting daylight in the morning through the windows. Once I eliminated that Cyano went away
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my tank was getting daylight in the morning through the windows. Once I eliminated that Cyano went away
You know, mine gets the rising sun also. I'll try drawing the thicker curtains in my living room in the morning to keep the sun from hitting it and see how it rolls.
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A silver lining to my tank catastrophe of the past weekend is that whatever was sprayed in the tank killed off the remaining cyano I had so it's now clean as a whistle. I better get moving on making the sump/refugium before it comes back.
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