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Old 02-18-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
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Red slimmy algae

I've had my 65 gal running several months, I do regular water changes, and I still get this red slimy junk that I belive is algae floating and clinging to my protein skimmer outflow resivor. How do I get rid of it and is it harmful? I assume it's just a type of algae, but I have no idea.
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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It sounds like cyno . Have you done a phosphate test?


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not yet, I have a very limited test kit..... any suggestions on a good one?
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Old 02-21-2004, 10:28 AM   #4
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I think he is right on the money..your looking at cyno bacteria...usually caused from cilicates or P04 in the water. A poly filter will pull both out of the water column pretty effectively. You can also use a P04 sponge.

Oh...water changes water changes water changes.


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distilled water mostly, occasionally I use tap (i know it's bad to do, so i very rarely use it)
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occasionally I use tap (i know it's bad to do, so i very rarely use it)
I would be that would be part of the problem. Cynao is usually the result of poor water flow and increased nutrient import. Take away the nutrient (i.e. tap water) and I think you will find that it will begin to disappear.
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try phos guard by sea chem or kents version. it wil remove phosphates and silicates as well as things that carbon will. get rid of carbon. buy a phosphate test. follow the instuctions on the can and test your water every other day. you will see the phosphate level drop and after some time it will start to rise again. keep track of this and use it to come up with a schedule for replacing with new without testing all the time.
for instance i replace my phosguard once a month. my tank is eighty gallons and i use 300g at a time. this costs me 7$ a month. not to bad. it keeps my phosphate levels below 0.1 ppm.
my cyano problem cleared up in about 30 days. use a new tooth brush and water change to remove dead (dormant?) cyano. dont try to do it all at one time. take your time, a little bit each week.
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i have a very similar problem but i have a newly started reef/fish tank 150 gallons
that phosphate Stuff can only be left in for two days at a time is that correct and will that have to be done All The Time To Keep the level down ?????
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i have a very similar problem but i have a newly started reef/fish tank 150 gallons
that phosphate Stuff can only be left in for two days at a time is that correct and will that have to be done All The Time To Keep the level down ?????
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