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Old 11-11-2009, 11:28 PM   #11
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That's not necessarily true. When I had cyano, my nitrates and phosphates were at an undetectable level. I did water changes twice a month, I was doing vodka dosing, proper feeding levels, I have a fuge with chaeto. Nothing I did even bothered the cyano. After using the chemi-clean, I haven't seen it since. I agree, chemicals should be a last resort, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

That being said, waterchanges are certainly in order. Are you using Ro/DI wter?
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:07 PM   #12
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if you had a algae problem before which is why you used the Ultralife's Red Slime Remover then your nitrates might have been up before.
I used the red slime remover because red slime is a type of bacteria not an algae. The reason why my nitratres are up is because i cant skim at all.
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RO/Di water is all i use, i live 3 blocks from vivid aquariums so im lucky for that and water changes is what i've been doing on a regular basis. FYI, I just cleaned my skimmer again last night and it still overflows. I need to skim before i leave on vacation next Tuesday. I can't imagine what i would come home to if i can't.
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Yes that is true but nitrates and phosphates are still the primary nutrient source for red slime.
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PO4 is at 0 but nitrates are hitting at <20ppm ... err i just wanna skimm..........
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #16
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I know, it's incredibly frustrating, wish I could be of more help
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