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Old 08-05-2009, 02:30 PM   #11
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chemicals are a short term solution. you must find out what caused the problem in the first place. over feeding or bad flow. fix this and it will not return. I am personally not a fan of adding ANY chemicals to my tank. Just some calcium and some trace elements
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It's all over... I am not cut out or saltwater... period.

Everything is dead with a horrible sulfur smell all over the house. My friend and I were quite humbled when we first walked in because we both bowed over! Now the stench is seeping into the street like a toxic cloud. 9000 bucks down the drain. It's all over... there is nothing left for me here but fond memories of the past. You all have been an awesome group and it has been my pleasure to know you all. Now where did I put my Jim Bean? DP
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OMG, Im sorry Dr. I wish you the best of luck. This is horrible.
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OMG, Im sorry Dr. I wish you the best of luck. This is horrible.
You see they don't call cyanobacteria (red slime) for nothing because cyano = cyanide that kills everything. DP
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I'm pretty sure the root is cyan - "blue-green."
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I'm pretty sure the root is cyan - "blue-green."
I ain't seeing no blue-green or else I let it grow to a lushy field of dream . Instead all I see is pure evil red slime.
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gzeiger is correct. There's no cyanide in cyanobacteria. Cyano can come in a rainbow of colors.

Sorry about your loss. Chemical solutions may work great for some, not so great for others. Most red slime removers are oxidizers, and kill the cyano by rapidly lowering your dissolved oxygen content in the tank. The problem is that everyones water parameters are not identical - what may work fine in one person's tank may crash another's. And even if it's been used in a tank successfully in the past, it doesn't mean it won't crash the tank the next time it's used. It's really a crap shoot...

I know saying this doesn't help you now, but thought maybe it might help others that are in your same position and find this thread in the future.
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You've already spent most of your money in your hardware, and you've suffered a crash. You can cut your losses and start over again for a nominal fee; Nothing anywhere near what it costed you originally. Just think of this as an opportunity to come back stronger, and do everything that you had wanted to do in the first place.
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Hi guys and gals,

Just kidding with my crash but I can't wait to get home to see how it is doing. Last night I had a nightmare that I dropped a bucket full of detergent into the tank! What to do then in that case? Will let you know how my tank turns out. Dai
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LOL! Thats not cool dude......
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