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Old 03-28-2010, 11:28 PM   #1
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Maracyn & my Skimmer??

I went to my LFS and told them about my red slime algea problem. They pointed me torward this Maracyn Medication & said to put 5 packs in the water. Well my skimmer doesnt like it for sure, it just keeps filling the skimmer canister up, and does not seem to clear the water up at all????Please give me some advise on what I need to do?????????
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Just to add more info to maybe help you peeps out, with the skimmer on its lowest setting it only takes like 5 minutes to fill the canister..And when I turn it off the water clears up almost instantly?????????
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I`ve never tried that brand but any red slime algae remover I`ve ever used required the skimmer to be turned off
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yep. turn your skimmer off for the duration of the treatment. Also remove any carbon you are running.
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I went to my LFS and told them about my red slime algea problem. They pointed me torward this Maracyn Medication...
What EXACTLY did you put in your tank? To my knowledge, Mardel ( the folks that make Maracyn) don't make a red slime remover. And if you truly put "Maracyn" in your tank, you just dosed it with a bunch of antibiotics. Granted... red slime IS a bacteria, and an antibiotic WILL kill it off. But it will also do a number on your beneficial bacteria.

If you truly dosed a display tank with a bunch of Maracyn, I'd do a bunch of big water changes - now!
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I agree. That was bad advice by your LFS. Maracyn is an anti Biotic used in treating bacterial infections and like Kurt said Cyano is a bacteria but it will also kill your nitrifying bacteria that is on your surfaces (LR, glass sides and equipment) that help to get rid of ammonia and nitrites. Maracyn is best used in a hospital tank and not in your main. As stated above I would do plenty of PWC`s and then find a new LFS.
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Well it definately cleared the red slime, I will do a huge water change tomorrow!!How many should I do???
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Maybe a 33% PWC every other day. And keep a real close eye out on your water parameters as you`ll probably see a huge ammonia spike soon since your nitrifying bacteria is gone.
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isnt there a product just for red/blue slime?
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isnt there a product just for red/blue slime?
Yes there is Ultralife RED SLIME remover - Cyano Algae killer on eBay (end time 18-Apr-10 19:26:55 BST)

But you would be better off finding out what the problem is that is causing the Cyano. Not enough flow and impropper light cycle are two of the major causes of cyano.

I had a major problem until I realized my tank was getting to much sunlight from my windows. A couple of blinds later and the problem is solved
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