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Old 10-24-2008, 07:19 PM   #11
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yea LFS sold me some stuff to "get rid" of the cyano but i wnat to do it naturally if i can
Good for you. I`ll bet it was chemi clean.
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that sounds like it, i dont want to go nuclear on my tank so i guess ill feed every other day now and do small pwc every week (includ vac. the bed) and try to increase the flow
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If it was me I would siphon it up. Even if you have to take a little sand with it. Also Chemi clean is a short term or what I call a bandaid solution. You are doing the long term solution by cutting back on nutrients and doing PWC`s. Good for you.
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Read the Article that Kurt Nelson has provided follow the instruction and everything should work out....
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thanks for the advice guys ill give ya'll an update in a week or so to let ya'll know how it turns out 8)
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...and do small pwc every week (includ vac. the bed) ...
How often were you doing water changes before? And how much?

If battling cyano, I'd do at least 20% weekly changes to get the nutrients out of there.
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I agree with Kurt and would even bump that up to 30% or better. Frequent PWCs will take care of a host of issues and make for a happier healthier aquarium.
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i have only been doing 20% once a month my numbers stay at 0 even at a month but i still do one
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i have only been doing 20% once a month my numbers stay at 0 even at a month but i still do one
That's probably the main source of your problems right there... in my opinion, 20% every two weeks is a bare minimum. Not only are you getting rid of excess nutrients, you're replacing trace elements and keeping your pH stable.

The thing with cyano, and other nuisance algaes, is that they will suck up nitrates and phosphates as quick as you can put them in your tank. Very often, people will measure "perfect" water conditions while battling cyano, but the very fact that its there means it's feeding off something.

It probably wouldn't hurt to run some carbon and a phosphate remover (GFO or granulated ferric oxide) in a media bag somewhere that gets decent flow (cannister filter, sump, hang on back filter, etc) for a while if you're not already, in addition to more frequent water changes. That, and sucking the cyano out with a siphon hose - and taking some sand with it - should really put a dent in it.
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ok ive moved feedings to every 2 days and started weekly water changes in hopes of getting a grip on it , i know it hasnt been long enough to see results but im hyopefull it will work 8)
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