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Old 08-03-2012, 11:28 PM   #11
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awesome i did a water change. and i also have left their light off for three days now with only the windows open for natural light and ill show you how much of difference it made! i will continue to do regular water changes. Also the tang is just a baby but as he grows i will be getting a larger tank eventually. also i am going to have to move my tank soon across town so i will be sure to do a water change then.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:03 AM   #12
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While I do agree that the Hepatus Tang needs a larger environment, at that size, I don't think it's contributing to the bioload enough to call it overstocked.
Battling cyano is not easy, or fast, generally. Step one is to measure your nitrates and phosphates and record those values. Step two is to do a massive water change. 50% is preferable. Test and record again. Should see a drastic decrease. Step 3 is to adjust feeding.
Now, I do one large meal a day as well, but it takes several minutes to do so. I feed just a tiny amount at a time. The goal being that all food is eaten before it has a chance to hit the sand. This way, none is wasted to contribute to nutrient overload.
Step 4 is to evaluate flow in the tank. Cyano cannot adhere strongly to anything, so it tends to accumulate in areas of low flow. Increasing flow will often dislodge it and hinder it's growth.
Sometimes, nothing else works. You can do all of the above and it continues to grow and spread. That is when chemiclean comes in. Chemiclean will make your skimmer go completely bonkers, so it needs to be shut off for 48 hours (can we say nutrient buildup?), and treatment followed with a massive water change before the skimmer can be turned back on.
On the other hand, I've seen far worse cyano growth than what is in those pictures. If you an keep it at that level, I honestly would ignore it.

One final thought. Though they do not eat it, genereally, nassarius snails help keep it from accumulating by constantly disrupting the top of the sand. Hermit crabs do the same on solid surfaces.
+1 on waterflow +1 on nassarius snails in your sand they also consume any extra food that does happen to make it to the sand if its growing on a dead coral thats because decay releases phosphates when you have dieing coral you should remove it if possible use a phosphate remover

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #13
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okay so since i last wrote i have moved into a new apartment. my aquarium is still at my parents house. considering the size i will obviously have to take apart the tank for transport. anything specific i should do during this time to prevent the growth from happening again?
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:41 AM   #14
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Best thing to do is reevaluate your stocking levels, feed less, increase flow, and have a good cleanup crew. Much easier to prevent than to battle. I had cyano for a while, but another power head helped keep it from coming back. Also, a fuge if you have room.

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