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Old 06-23-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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So I have had my tank set up since mid March. You can look for my previous post about just getting everything set up, as this is a new topic I thought I would post a new thread and not highjack my old one.

My sand was turning brown a lot in the beginning and I had a lot of green hair algee. Now I have purple sand, and purple live rock. I dunno how to get rid of it. I do water changes every two weeks. I'm not sure if there's something I am not doing right? Any thoughts. I posted some photos to show you guys.
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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It looks like Cyanobacteria.
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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That is some serious cyano you got there. You have two options to get rid of it. You can continue to do water changes, like every week for a few weeks and suck up the cyano the best you can. Or you can get a chemical like red slime remover which should wipe it out within a day or so. I've used the red slime remover for some not as serious cyano and it has cleared it up within a day. Since it is a chemical though I would recommend doing a large water change a few days after you dose with it.

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Old 06-23-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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Chemicals won't solve the problem though. It is caused from excessive nitrates/phosphates. If your lots are reading 0, it's because they are all bound up in the cyano.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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What's your feeding amount and schedule like. Light schedule? There are too many nutrients in that water.
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blue lights are on for 8 hours. white lights are on for 6 in the middle of the eight.

I feed them every other day. With a mix between frozen food, and pellets.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:55 AM   #7
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How much are you feeding each time? What fish do you have?
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #8
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two clown fish.

i feed them usally 1 cube of the frozen stuff when i do feed them that. and when its the pellets i feed them a couple pinches. most of it falls the the ground so i get nervous they don't eat enough so that's why i usually give them 2nd pinch.

how much should i be feeding?

i also have 1 frogspawn coral.
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That is a lot of food for two clowns. I would do maybe 1/4 cube everyday, or 1/2 a cube every other day. If they are already plump (which I'm assuming they are) just monitor how they do. I feed my 125g 1 cube of frozen brine or the equivalent of PE mysis once every other day and all my fish are plump and happy as can be.

If they're hungry, they'll eat the food on the ground. No need to feed them again. If you're worried, you can try to target feed with a long syringe. The stuff on the ground is just decomposing and adding to your cyano problems.
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I agree with Rick that is a lot of food for two fish. I have three and I dont even feed them that much. I learned after my battle with cyno.
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