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Old 07-03-2005, 05:41 PM   #1
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war on cyano!

Hey all, i have declared a war on the cyano and diatoms in my tank. I am going to take several measures to attack the cyano. One question, i have soft water, does that have anything to do with it?

1. 10% weekly water changes with R/O water
2. Chemi-Clean
3.Superbuffer DKH
4.Phosphate Sponge
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Old 07-03-2005, 07:03 PM   #2
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Not sure what effect the soft water will have. To increse your odds I would use RO/DI water, cut back on feedings, do 10-15% PWC every three-four days and run a PO4 sponge. Keep in mind if you are using Chemi-Clean you will need to turn off your skimmer and remove any chemical filtration (GAC and PO4 sponge) during the treatment. I would do things in this order...First, syphon out all of the cyno you can see and do a 20-30% PWC using PO4 free RO/DI water. Next, add the chemi-clean and turn off skimmer/remove chemical filtration. Wait 48hrs. Do another 20% PWC using PO4 free water and begin skimming and chemical filtration again. Smaller water changes every few days until the end of the battle. Good luck.
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I am thinking about battling but is Cyano normal during a cycle? If it is i will wait till a bit longer.

My test kit is arriving within a week so i can't get water parameters yet.
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Old 07-04-2005, 12:28 AM   #4
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i didnt use chemi clean(last minute change, because chemi clean requires me to turn off things extensively), but i used Phosphate sponge by Kent Marine. I placed it in my canister filter. I have just bought some salt, and will be performing those water chanes weekly with the RO water. Ever since i started using the bathtub water to do my Top offs, the cyano took off.
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Livestock:2-Ocellaris Clownfish;9-Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs;1-Regal Tang;Zoanthids, Pineapple Brain coral, Sebae Anemone, Colt Coral, Galaxea
Tank Specs as of December 29, 2005:Ammonia:0;Nitrite: 0;Nitrate=0;Cu:0
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