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Old 12-10-2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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Black slimey junk Updated with pics

Hey guys, over the last couple days I've gotten ALOT of black slimey junk on my sand bed. I tried sucking it today during water change, but ended up just stirring it into the first couple centimeters of the sand bed.

It looks like crap. And my cleanup crew are not eating it. Any suggestions as to what it is, and how to get rid of it?


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Old 12-10-2006, 10:09 PM   #2
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sounds like it could be red slime .. increase flow lower nutrients increased water changes ... with out pictures hard to say definitely
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Agree it sounds like cyanobacteria. Do you test for phosphate? Use RO/DI? What kind of flow do you have? How long since your last water change?
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I do 10% every week, use distilled water ( as I always have ) penguin 1140 PH. Good water movement.

Don't have a phosphate test kit, so couldn't tell you.
It's always been fine, just started this week.
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How often are you feeding? Here is an article to help.

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Old 12-10-2006, 11:17 PM   #6
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Feeding about once a week right now. Tank is fallow minus the cleanup crew.

After reading the above posted article, I find no reason I should be having this right now. At all.

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Using Instant Ocean salt by any chance? It's been known to produce cyanobacteria for no reason whatsoever.

http://www.fantasyreef.com/macna/macna10.php

Click, for a salt study done by Eric Borneman and a MARSH member on salts.
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Nope. Aquatic Gardens.
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What kind of lights do you have, how long do you run them, and how old are the bulbs?
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Lights are brand new. About 2-3 weeks old.

Odyssea 130w dual 65w PC one 15000K bulb and one actinic.

Run them about 7-8 hrs daylight.
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