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Old 09-05-2005, 07:44 PM   #1
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Red Slime stuff

I have some red slime stuff all over the gravel in my tank? What is this? Good, bad?
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Old 09-05-2005, 07:53 PM   #2
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How new is your tank?
Done any recent water changes?

Could be cyano or a diatom bloom possibly.
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Old 09-05-2005, 07:56 PM   #3
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do a search on the site for cyno, cyno bacteria or red slime. There are tons of posts on this.
Red slime is bad and needs to be removed... try and do a search for the info.
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I've heard quite a few people use Chemi-clean to get rid of cyano. I'm currently battling cyano as well and about to order this stuff.
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Old 09-06-2005, 08:41 AM   #5
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IMO try and figure out what the problem is and fix it before adding chemicals to your tank. I had cyno for months and after trying many things I finally won the battle without adding chemicals to my reef.
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:07 AM   #6
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I took the lazy way out in my 6G nano and used Ultralife Red Slime Remover. Worked in about 3 days. Never came back afterwards.
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I attempted to fight the Cyano without using chemicals but to no avail.
I used the chemi-clean and then kept up on my water changes. The Chemi-clean got rid of the cyano with no problem and I have not had a re-occurrence of it at all.

I would suggest water changes every other day to start and then, if that doesn't work, I would suggest chemi-clean.

Good luck and keep us posted of what works for you.
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How much should i change daily? its a 10g tank so maybe a gallon a day?
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I have a 12 gallon Nano-cube and when I was doing water changes I did about 3-4 gallons. So about a 25 to 30% water change. This is what I generally do for my weekly water changes as well and I have had good luck over the past year.

This is what I found to assist with knocking down the cyano quickest. Again, that is only my suggestion.

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I would agree with the 20-25% water changes daily, but making sure that your source water does not have a nitrate/phosphate problem to begin with. If you're adding to the problem with your water changes it won't help.

You need to start by siphoning out what you can, increase water flow as much as you can, stop the source of the nitrates/phosphates, do some major water changing and then use a chemical solution to cleanup the leftovers. Other sources of NO3/PO4 could be your fish food so make sure to look to your feeding habits also.

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