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Old 01-29-2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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red slime algae on live rock

how do you guys deal with red slime algae on live rock without tearing the tank part and scrub the rock one by one? i have everything under control and i know the source of the algae and have already dealt with it. now i just need to get rid of those that are on the rock. i don't have a lot, just few small spots (size of my pinky fingernail or smaller) that i can't reach. i know water change will help. but is there anything else? this is a nano tank and i prefer not to run GFO. what invert eats red slime?
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:00 AM   #2
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Siphon it out if you've fixed the problem. It will burn out and die off if there is no source.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #3
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Siphon it out if you've fixed the problem. It will burn out and die off if there is no source.
well, the problem is that it's not on the sand bed but rather on the live rock. I can't siphon it out without taking my system apart.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:05 PM   #4
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I don't normally recommend scrubbing the rock unless you have several bins with saltwater to scrub them in and be able to rinse numerous times. Because cyano attaches like crazy. However, you mentioned that you don't want to break down or take out rock. I don't normally suggest to scrub a rock inside the DT but if you absolutely have to you may want to have a buddy there to help scrub while you siphon it out. That way the cyano is controlled. You may want to turn off your pumps that way it doesn't go all over the place. I would use the siphon without the attachment to get those stubborn spots on the rock. Usually, it will siphon out if you put it directly under the siphon. Good luck!!! Remember to keep up with your water changes! It is key to keeping the water pristine! Hope this helps.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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Well if you siphon it off the rock, it should come off pretty easily. Put your hose or siphon "tool" to use and slightly rub the rock and it should come off. It's worked for me.
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I completely blacked out my tank for 3 days. Seemed to work, although some is coming back.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #7
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It should siphon off the rocks easily, especially once its thick. That's how I took mine out of my tank, worked fine for me. I used airline tubing, for what its worth.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:36 AM   #8
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I'm having the same issue and have also heard to black out the tank..... What about the corals? Will a 3 day blackout kill the corals?
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I had a couple outbreaks of this. It should siphon off the rock fairly easily.

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Old 01-30-2014, 04:56 PM   #10
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I think corals will be fine. Google it tells u more. Hope this helps
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