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Old 07-09-2011, 12:56 AM   #121
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Cyano is just feeding off excess nutrients. The best way to get rid of it is to lower the amount of waste in your water. PWC's and not overfeeding are your best bets.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #122
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Ok thank you, what kind of harm can it do if not controlled?? I just did a 10percent pwc. And I'm pretty sure its from the feeding, still trying to get adjusted to a feeding schedule
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #123
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You're not kidding, its pretty simple though now that I got it all up and running, only problem I'm having is my rturn jets are pumping out a decent bit of micro bubbles its giving the tank a cloudy appearance, any ideas how to stop the micro bubbles? I'm not running my protein skimmer yet so its just a pump that's running. If I can't get rid of them its ok, not a must, just a lil nuissance.
Are the bubbles caused by the water flowing into the return compartment? That was the case in my sump. I stuck a piece of pvc pipe through a round sponge that came with my overflow box and siliconed it in position to break the fall of the water. The water comes off of the sponge with much less force and doesn't push bubbles into my return pump.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:16 AM   #124
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Well my pvc pipe connecting my two rubbermaid containers has a sponge filter on the dsb side, also my return pump has a fine sponge filter on it.....just not sure what it is.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:25 AM   #125
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My pump has a sponge filter on it but it didn't seem to matter if the water falling into the container created bubbles that got into the pump. Just breaking the fall of the water so it can crash smoother and not have any bubbles being pushed into the pump worked for me.

So if you haven't tried that, it's worth a try to break the water falling from the pvc pipe.

Or you could try implementing a bubble trap (baffles), though I'm not sure how you would do this in some rubbermaids.

Hope you get it solved though, microbubbles make the tank look dirty
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Cyano isn't going to hurt anything... It's just gross looking. I suppose if you let it completely cover a coral it could smother it over a time. Just vacuum it out when you do PWC's and I would do them frequently
In the next couple of weeks just to ward off any potential problems after the move. The cyano should "suck" right up the siphon. If you have one, your skimmer should help. Chaeto will use some of those nutrients as well, if you would like to go the macro-algae route. Make sure any mechanical filtration (fluval canisters and the like) is clean to deal with excess nitrates and keep phosphates at minimum (rinse your food, use RO water, etc). Hope that some of that gives you an idea. Nothing really eats it so removing it's food sources are the best way to control, in addition to manually taking it out of the tank.
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Couldn't help it, here's a decent pic of skeeter, our scooter blenny, and carey, he is doing good started eating pellets yesterday

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:46 AM   #128
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Scottayy, thank you for the advice, imma tinker with it tomorrow to see what I can do.
And maya, just did my first pwc today, only because I noticed a slight bump in trates. Other than today, my parameters have been spot on (knock on wood). Sorry I had a mild panic attack when I got home from work and seen the cyano, this tanks my baby and I don't want anything bad happening. In my dsb chamber of my refugium I have chalerpa (sp.?) I leave the refugium running 24/7, along with the emperor 400 and 2 1140 gph powerheads. Figured that would be enough to hold off any spikes from a mini-cycle, just don't want that ugly cvyano growing everywhere
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Oh and I need to comment again... lol!
I'm not sure if cyano is a phase. But I went through it, and the dieoff (when/if it dies) causes an ammonia spike. So be ready for some PWC's when it dies.

I had massive die off and my ammonia reading was 2.0 the next day. Did a massive water change and kept it under .5 with 25% daily PWC's until it leveled back off.

Then it came back and died off again (on a much smaller scale, though - so not much trouble).

I researched, and read that it feeds off excess nutrients (like tap water, wastes collecting, etc). Well, I don't use tap water.. so it had to be wastes. So until I get my skimmer, I upped the water flow in there to prevent dead spots and that seems to have done the trick so far. I'm not sure though.
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I have two skimmers lol, an in sump and a hob. The in-sump has been sitting in the return area of my refuge, just never turned it on......guess I could try it out
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