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Old 07-16-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
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Red slime amgae (Cyano)

As you can see from these pictures, I have a bad case of red slime algae in my 50g saltwater tank. I will try scooping it all up but, apart from doing that, what is the best way to remove it and prevent it from forming again? Is it toxic for livestock / water quality? Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Is the tank quite new? I had a bad case in the first 4 months or so in my 55g but a few weeks later and it was gone, never to return again. Just check how often and how much you feed? How long are your lights on every day?
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Increase flow and removal of nutrients are the only sure fire way. It does take time as well.
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I used chemicleans red slime remover once and it worked in like 48 hours and has never returned.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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My son used it as well. Disappeared and have not seen any since. Single treatment on 72 gallon.
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I've had it on and off over the last few years on this tank or that. I usually use the chemiclean and it disappears within a day or two. You can use it to get rid of your problem but you really will have to address the issue so it does not come back after it's gone.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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Is the tank quite new? I had a bad case in the first 4 months or so in my 55g but a few weeks later and it was gone, never to return again. Just check how often and how much you feed? How long are your lights on every day?
The tank has been established and running for about 8 months, so not really that new. I only feed once a day at night and the lights are on for around 7 hours a day, which I didn't think was too bad.
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Whatever you put in the tank must be removed somehow or it will build up and cause you issues. Just because the food was eaten, does not mean it's "gone". Think about your nutrient export. What are you doing to remove what you are putting in?
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I 've tried to fight off the ciano algae for months, without success. So I installed a siphon on the drain line in order to keep the aspiration at the sand level,on the oposite side of the blowers( power heads). It is completely gone!
Be sure of drilling a small hole at the top elbow, to avoid siphoning all the water to the sump in case of pump failure.This will not afect the suction of the waste ,but will allow air to penetrate in the pipe,breaking the siphonif the level falls down.
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