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Old 10-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Cyano Bacteria Taking Over

Hey guys this may be in the wrong section, sorry if it is but its my first time here. I was just curious, I have a 65 gal FOWLR tank and i'm having a very bad problem with Cyano bacteria taking my tank over. I know its not necessarily bad for my tank but its an absolute eyesore. I don't overfeed, its not exposed to direct sunlight, and I only use T8s, I know its not recommended but I don't yet have the money for better lights. I think its because I don't use R/O water but I was just curious, if I use KENT Phosphate sponge, from now on only use R/O water for changes and make sure I still don't overfeed will this kill the cyao off or will I have to buy the Chemi-pure, along with doing all of what I jut listed in order to kill it off? Sorry for such a long message but there was a lot to explain. Thanks in advance guys.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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I had the same problem on a tank I had just get some chemiclean from your LFS follow instructions and in a few days your tank will be looking great again
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Using chemiclean or Chemi-pure is a quick fix until you can correct the problem. Old lights and high phosphates are some things to check for. IME every new system goes through it within the first year.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Makes sense

The idea that all new tanks go through it makes sense because its only been setup for about 6-8 months, also to either of you, do you think a t5 234 watt light would keep coral in a 65?
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High nitrates also cause cyano
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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Hey guys this may be in the wrong section, sorry if it is but its my first time here. I was just curious, I have a 65 gal FOWLR tank and i'm having a very bad problem with Cyano bacteria taking my tank over. I know its not necessarily bad for my tank but its an absolute eyesore. I don't overfeed, its not exposed to direct sunlight, and I only use T8s, I know its not recommended but I don't yet have the money for better lights. I think its because I don't use R/O water but I was just curious, if I use KENT Phosphate sponge, from now on only use R/O water for changes and make sure I still don't overfeed will this kill the cyao off or will I have to buy the Chemi-pure, along with doing all of what I jut listed in order to kill it off? Sorry for such a long message but there was a lot to explain. Thanks in advance guys.
My friend had a cyano outbreak after he tried the "vodka method"... He literally took ever piece of live rock out and scrubbed it clean, cleaned the sandbed, did a huge water change, and used chemi-pure as well. He did larger water changes more often for quite a while and got rid of it hit that stuff is terrible to have to deal with. Do you have a good protein skimmer?
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:27 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies guys, I had no idea you could find R/O units for as cheap as some of them are around here, i'm going to get one of those soon and try only to use R/O water from now on, along with that i'm going to get Chemi-pure and use it along with a phosphate sponge just in case.
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If you use chemipure elite should take care of phosphate too.

They last 4-6 months at the time
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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Definitely wouldn't have a tank with no Chemi-Pure! Stuff is heaven sent! Lol
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Can use chemi pure in a hob filter and if I can do I have to remove cartridges or do I just add it in there wih it
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