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Old 09-12-2003, 06:11 PM   #1
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Sandbed turning all sorts of colors

This is my first post on this forum. Can anyone suggest a cleanup crew for a 10g that will keep the sandbed clean. I think my main problem is cyanobacteria. It is reddish brown and stringy in some spots. I have been syphoning off as much as possible but I can't get it all, and the sand underneath it has turned green. I am using NSW and RO water for topoff.

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Is it a newer tank set up? I think you are describing "red slime" it looks like a velvet color. I had the same problem when i first started with my 55 gallon, and currently with a smaller newer mini reef 20 gallon tank. Just keep the skimmer running and it will go away in a few. But in the meantime i just lightly stir the sand up and that makes it look good for a few days.
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YOu might need to increase the water flow in your tank. Doing less feedings and increased water changes can help.

One thing that might be a source of problem is the NSW. Its possible the water is polluted or is bringing into the system more nutrients than your system is prepared to handle.
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Thanks for the advice. I think i'll just wait it out and start mixing my own saltwater just in case thats the problem.
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