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Old 08-01-2003, 04:36 PM   #11
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Is there a specific test on the market for silicates? I only have 2 pet stores to go to. Both are an hour away and they don't offer to much in the way of saltwater supplies. perhaps they could order me one or I could find it on the web.
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Old 08-01-2003, 09:19 PM   #12
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Is there a specific test on the market for silicates?
Try this... Salifert silicate test.

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red sea also maks one. had this problem in my 30 and 75 more then once. i turned up my skimmer to max and the stuff was turning brown in 2 days,gone in a week. this worked for me. and the best part is NO CHEM in the tank.
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Excellent advice folks Steve I was under the understanding that cyano was both an algae and a bacteria living in a symbionic relationship. But it has been awhile since I looked back. Pretty much everything said here is good info. The way you have to look at cyano is that it is the ultimate Nutrient absorber (that and it fixes nitrogen, This is why folks Get it with DSB's as Nitrogen is the off gass on its denitrifing capability). It will out comsume its next best absorber (hair algae) by 500 times. It will take advantage of any situation that gives it an edge, SO as mentioned above, Aged lights (spectrum of a old bulb slowly turns red as it ages, cyano loves red), water flow (the bacteria will begin to fix nitrogen or any of it by products, then the algae feeds off the by product of the bacteria and forms a slime coat which in turn protects the bacteria from getting blown away), and nutrients (basically food, could be silicates, phosphatews or a whole host of things that fall inot the nutrient family)

The way to get rid of it, take away its edge, by eliminating the above.


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Steve I was under the understanding that cyano was both an algae and a bacteria living in a symbionic relationship.
To be honest it is still open to much interpretation. I have saved a few links that you may find interesting. I warn you though, they are rather drole.

Cyano 1
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It sounds like cyano is posibly a form of higher intelligence. It eats anything and has incredible defensive mechanisms.

I seem to have eliminated most of it from my tank. I exists no as light brown patches on the SB. It hasn't grown is several days and the color has remained the same. Still, It also remains. Therefore there is still something, although not much , that is sustaining it. I had not heard that they love the red spectrum so much. I am hoping that since my lights are 6 months old and being replaced this week, it could be the crushing blow.

Thank you all for the terrific advice and the crash course in cyano 101.

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