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Old 07-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Algae/Bacteria problems

His stuff is terrible. It is covering corals and the sandbed. How do i get rid of it?? Is it dino..cyano..what?
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First pic defiantly looks like cyano. All you can do is try to get rid of the nutrients that feed it. Less feedings and more water changes the only way I know how to do it.
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Hmm...okay. Thanks.. Any other ideas? I was thinking a blackout of somthing
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #4
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Hmm...okay. Thanks.. Any other ideas? I was thinking a blackout of somthing
Could be dino's. Ive never had a problem with them so unsure. A blackout unfortunately will not solve the problem in either case. Cyano does not rely on light as its a bacteria and dinos are very resilient. Ive heard of elevated ph of about 8.4 helping with solving dino problems however this is coupled with siphoning it out, water changes, an eliminating free and bound nitrate/phosphate.

Im gonna do some more research on dinos and ill let ya know what i find. Ive never read much about it.

Again not 100% thats what you have.
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Heres a read on the subject of dino's.

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-11/rhf/index.php
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Thanks schism. Im not totally sure what i should do so far. Its odd, when the lights are off and its evening, the dino/cyano is practically gone
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Thanks schism. Im not totally sure what i should do so far. Its odd, when the lights are off and its evening, the dino/cyano is practically gone
Yes from what i gather that can be one of the noticeable symptoms of dino's. Most will not with dinos a slimy substance where bubbles are trapped during the day and recede at night. This is co2 being produced and trapped.

They can be very hard to get rid of. Elevated ph has been found in many cases to help solve the problem along with reduced nutrient levels.

I would fight this to start by significantly reducing nutrients. This alone could solve the issue, if not i would then start looking into elevated ph to combat dinos.
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Ok i think we have an ID then. How do i decrease the nutrients? Less water changes?
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Ok i think we have an ID then. How do i decrease the nutrients? Less water changes?
More water changes. Need to eliminate any nitrate and phosphate. Running carbon and GFO would probably be of great benefit.

Maybe someone else who has battled this can chime in with any other advice.
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Ok so one per week maybe? Ill try it.

I use carbon too. Maybe ill replace it!

Should i be blowing this stuff off corals when it covers/gets on them?
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