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Old 09-18-2011, 12:03 PM   #11
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And I really don't want to add any chemicals to the tank. I don't want to harm any of the fish I already have in it.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:09 PM   #12
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Same thing on the green hair algae I dont know of anything that will eat it if you cant diagnose where it is coming from it would just keep coming back even if there was something to eat it
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #13
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My tank had that. Honestly I think it was just a phase my tank went though. And that's what my lfs told me. It started when the tank was about 6 months old and got really bad around 8. But once it got to 9 months or so Everything cleared up, only thing that helped me was using poly pads.
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What's poly pads? I haven't heard of these...
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:28 PM   #15
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how much surface aggitation do you have, cyano tends to live in low oxygen areas where it oxygenates the water, it also builds up in low flow areas.

i had a problem like this when my power heads got caked in coralline algae
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Your levels are "perfect" because the algae is eating the excess nutrients as fast as they are released. Almost every tank has some cyano in it, but it jumps on imbalances and nutrients like a fat kid on cake. If you have any deadspots, the nutrients will float over that area for a longer period giving cyano a chance to bloom. I would do a PWC and do a lights out for a couple of days. Turn lights on for a day and do another PWC and black out for a couple of days. I did this when I had a HA problem due to the phosphates in my tap water. Hermits may not eat it all, but they will help mow it down. I also used Astraea Snails to eat what was mowed down and all HA was gone after a week.
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I would take a water sample to a LFS and have them test your water to confirm your test kits are working properly.
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Emerald crabs eat hair algae. Did the trick in my old reef tank. Urchin would to but I don't recommend that, more trouble than anything.
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The red algae does it come off the rocks easy? I know in one of my tanks I have some red coraline algae, it the nearly the same color as the cyanobacteria.
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I increased the flow on my powerheads. And when I go to the LFS early this week I'll get the water chemicals checked and I'm going to get more Emerald Crabs to eat my hairy algae.
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