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Old 09-13-2004, 05:55 PM   #1
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Fighting Cyanobacteria

I've been fighting a cyanobacteria issue since my tank got up and running. It's been there since before I even got fish or snails. Tank is 2 1/2 months old. Water tests have come back good for a long time now. Anyone have suggestions for fighting it? Should I just do some extra water changes? I'm currently doing about a 10-15% weekly change. Salinity is 1.024. I've been real careful to make sure I don't overfeed, in addition, I don't feed every day either, probably 4 out of the 7 days I feed.

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Old 09-13-2004, 06:18 PM   #2
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What are you using for source water, food, etc.?

With the tank only being 2.5 months old, you are probably fighting a temporarily uphill battle because there is the added fish bioload in there on a relatively new tank.
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Old 09-13-2004, 06:22 PM   #3
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I have a cynobacteria problem as well. I haven't started fighting it yet. My LFS told me that I may need to use Erethromyacin to combat it. I don't know if that helps, but thats what they told me.
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Old 09-13-2004, 06:27 PM   #4
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Aack, I would never resort to a medication to treat cyano. In addition, it does not solve the problem that causes it which means it is possible to start the whole cycle over again.

Often it is caused by excess nutrients that are abundant in new tanks (the end product of all kinds of cycles establishing themselves) and also excess nutrients in source water (most often from using tapwater instead of RO).

This is where I always start looking for clues.....
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Old 09-13-2004, 06:56 PM   #5
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Aack, I would never resort to a medication to treat cyano.
Is it just a generally bad idea to use medication? Or is it more of a quick fix and you really aren't solving the problem, just "band-aiding" it. Look deeper into the problem and find what caused it then fix that issue....
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Old 09-13-2004, 07:21 PM   #6
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Old 09-13-2004, 07:48 PM   #7
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my cyan problem went away as my tank gradually lost its 'new tank' status.
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Old 09-13-2004, 08:11 PM   #8
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Make sure you have 10x to 20x water flow. This helps prevent cyno from getting a foothold.
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What kind of lighting? low water flow, wrong spectrum lighting and excess nutriants will all help bring on this. Have u checked your phosphates? this is a major cause of cyno and other problem algaes... Silicates is another good thing to check for. I had it for a while when my tank was new and it went away. I now get it from time to time in my low flow areas.
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Worse comes to worse and you need a temp. solution Phosphate Sponge can help...
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