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Old 12-07-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a good product to keep Red Slime under control? I am currently waiting on another powerhead to arrive an it is spreading due to not enough flow. Any advice?
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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Does anyone know of a good product to keep Red Slime under control? I am currently waiting on another powerhead to arrive an it is spreading due to not enough flow. Any advice?
Its spreading because of excess nutrients. Doing a few water changes and siphoning out the cyano will do a lot more good than any chemical product. Flow is only a small factor.
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Chemiclean works wonders to remove cyano from your system. It's only going to come back unless you change your feeding habits. How much/often are you feeding?
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I feed every other day but only in small portions. All the food is gone to where none is left hanging around. my light cycle is 10 hrs a day. I use frozen mysis shrimp and frozen plankton which i have heard both contain a good bit of phosphates. I have not had the chance on gaining enough knowledge of making my own food yet.
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[QUOTE=AquaRick;2229539]Chemiclean works wonders to remove cyano from your system. It's only going to come back unless you change your feeding habits. How much/often are you feeding?[/QUOTE

Test all of your water for phosphates. I needed to add a DI filter on my RO filter to remove them from my fresh water.
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Chemiclean might make your tank sparkle for a few days but it wont fix a nutrient problem, import or export, one o them isnt up to par, or both.
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I do not use a rodi unit but i do you use distilled water and still add prime to be safe. Would this have any affect? And does anyone have a good recipe for a good food to brew?
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I do not use a rodi unit but i do you use distilled water and still add prime to be safe. Would this have any affect? And does anyone have a good recipe for a good food to brew?
Distilled is not 0 TDS and often contains phosphate and god knows what else. It could very well be part of the problem.

As for food here is what i make.

1/2 lb. Fresh raw shrimp
1/4 lb Fresh scallops
1/4 lb Oysters
1/4 lb Talapia
2 tbsp Freeze Dried ESV Phytoplankton
2 tbsp Brightwell Microvore
1 tbsp Kent Zoa
And if any is on hand i will throw in have a package of mysis or brine.

Blend this in a blender until you have a thick and not too lumpy a consistency almost like peanut butter but not quite that thick. Add rodi as you blend to get the right consistency.

Pour into a freezer bag and roll it out flat on a cookie sheet and freeze it. After frozen over night you can break it up into chucks or what i do is actually cut it into cubes with a pizza cutter.
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So would i be better off getting water from my lfs? I do not have enough room to run a rodi unit.
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So would i be better off getting water from my lfs? I do not have enough room to run a rodi unit.
You dont need room for an RO/Di, you can hook it up to the kitchen sink when you need it and put it in a cupboard, closet or garage when not it use. Its not something you run under your tank.
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