Originally Posted by kristy
My tank did cycle and nothing has died. my Ca
has always read high the LFS
told me it was b/c of the instance ocean salt. my fish is a fire fish. like I said it seems to be getting better with my lights off I plan on doing a PWC
and cleaning my sand rocks real good today and see what happens some people have mentioned using is it pryoban or slime away to help but I really dont want to put anything into my tank if I dont have to.
Just not sure what to tell you about the cyano
. Follow the steps in the post melosu linked to, and it should do wonders. I'd avoid the chemical solutions too... just a band-aid fix, and doesn't address the root cause of the problem.
One thing I do know is that your LFS
doesn't know what it's talking about when it comes to Calcium levels in salt. If we're talking about "Instant Ocean" salt by Marineland, that salt mixed with RO
water gets you about 340ppm Ca
. "Oceanic" brand salt gets Calcium levels up in the mid 400 ppm
levels, but I don't think any salts out there get you above 500ppm. High calcium levels don't cause cyano
, but the fact that you're saying you've always had these high levels just makes me think there's some clue there that we're missing. It's just not normal, and that extra calcium is coming from somewhere. You are using "Instant Ocean" salt that's packaged in a bag or bucket, right? And not some "bulk" salt mix that the LFS
has made up special that's "just like Instant Ocean." Sorry if that seems like a dumb question, but I've heard of some stores that sell their own "special mix" because hey... it's just salt, right?