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Old 04-10-2006, 06:33 PM   #1
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oxygen levels

I'm sure it's on this site somewhere, but I can't seem to find it so I'm gonna ask. Is there any way to raise 02 levels? (besides open windows, go topless, and have good surface agitation?) I am still battling cyano and I'm at my witt's end.......this is the only thing I haven't tried.

Also, I've seen (somewhere, can't remember) and o2 test kit?!?!?! Seriously, do these work?
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Did you try less light?
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sure did....but not a total blackout yet---I'm just worried about my BTA.....that will be my last resort, and even then, I'm not sure it would be worth it to try......the cyano does grow slowly
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I tried a ton of stuff, but in the end, Time was what cured my outbreak. I am not saying this will work, but when I finaly gave up, is when it started to cure itself.
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You give me hope ReefRaff! ha
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What would the goal of raising O2 accomplish?

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I'm not sure, I just read the cyano article again, and it mentioned it. It's the only other thing I haven't done, so I thought I would ask. Do those test kits even work? Should I not be concerned about the 02 level?
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There are plenty of oxygen test kits and I’ve used them with FW/SW and they do work.

With FW or planted tanks monitoring o2 is important but with SW and with all the water movement/surface agitation we create in our tanks it easily maintains at 12+ ppm and is a waste of time testing IME. (I have done it but never had a "low" reading with SW tanks)

As ReefRaff said no matter what we do to reduce nutrients or lighting sometimes you just have to wait it out.
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Just to go through the litany once again, you:
1. cut back the lights to 4 hours or less /day
2. cut feedings to every 2-3 days
3. cut amount fed at feedings
4. continue to do 20% weekly PWC with RO/DI water
5. vacuum out the cyano during a PWC
6. tested water for PO4 and it tests at 0 and/or you are using Phosban or similar
7. tested for nitrate and get 0 for a reading
8. have replaced all bulbs (PC older than 6 months, MH over a year, etc.)
9. added or moved a PH or two to achieve more flow in the affected areas

The last thing to try is Chemi-clean by Boyd Enterprises, INC. It will take care of the cyano in your tank in just a few days. It is reef safe. BUT, unless you solve the source of the problem it will be back. Mine came back after treating then I changed my bulbs and adjusted a PH. It was gone in about a week. I spent about 2 months trying to get rid of before that.
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yep, cmor, I've tried all of that......I did recently move a PH to up the flow right on the one spot where it grows, though.....hopefuly that'll do it.
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