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Old 08-01-2007, 05:43 PM   #1
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omg... cyano... trying to cure, skimmer went crazy

I tried to cure my cyanobacteria on my LR with E.M. erythromycin (anti-bacterial fish medication) the LFS prescribed and told me it was a good way to get rid of it.. as I put some in the tank, both my skimmers went wild and I now have microbubbles all over my tank.. what should I do?.. should I turn off my skimmer?.. TIA
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That is very bad advice. While it will get rid of it, it will also kill off all your beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics are pretty indiscriminate when it comes to killing bacteria. It kills good and bad. You will need to do some serious watching of the water parameters and I would do a water change to get the antibiotics out of the tank to try to salvage some filtration ability. Then read the articles on how to treat cyano that are here for your alternatives.
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uh oh... I asked them if It would kill any of beneficial bacteria and they said no.. It only targets bad and my nitrifying bacterias should be fine... wtf...I will do pwc maybe tomorrow.. as for my skimmer. what do I do with it?.. do i turn it off?
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I would turn it off.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:09 PM   #5
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ok... I'm going to read more about the product and find out if it actually kills all bacterias in tank
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Either way, it's still a band-aid approach. Even if it doesn't kill off the nitrifying bacteria (which it may not, depending on what literature you read - gram negative versus gram positive bacteria), you may still end up with a ammonia spike from the cyano die off. Watch your ammonia levels and have water mixed up. Also, before taking someone's advice at face value (even here!), do a little research to see what the ramifications may be.
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ok.. well I can't find much about the product.. But I think It will kill my good bacterias.. so I am following what also the LFS told me, not the box instructions... I was suppose to put 1 pack for every 10 gallons in my 75, so thats 7.5 pack, so that's ridiculuos... but LFS told me use half of one, wait 48 hours, then use the remaining half and shouldn't add anymore. Is that better? or will it still kill my bacterias? Also.. I will keep an eye on my ammonia, but I guess I'm gonna have to turn my skimmers on again to help it out.
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You might try activated charcoal in your filter to remove the E.M. and turn off the skimmers. Next time use Chemi-Clean. It's still a band-aid approach, but it works without killing off the nitrifying bacteria.
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ok.. but Y turn off my skimmer?.. shouldn't it help with the E.M. and red algae to go somewhere?
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Only until the micro bubbles stop.
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