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Old 02-02-2014, 09:13 PM   #11
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Using RO water, ammo 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 20ppm, ph 8.2 , temp 76, 3 small damsels, 2 small clowns, 1 banded shrimp, 5 hermit crabs, feed 1/2 a cube of brine shrimp in the evening once a day, do 25% water change either once a week to week and 1/2. Equipment is in signature and protein skimmer remora-s. Live rock and base rock in tank.

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Try reducing the feeding from daily to once every 2 days. That'll help reduce the excess nutrients in your water column. I do a little over 30% PWC every Sat. On my 55. Probably don't have to do that much but it makes me feel better and I get my water for free. What's your lighting schedule like?
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Been running since before Thanksgiving, and yes I can siphon up

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As stated above, it's definitely cyano.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #13
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Lighting schedule 11:30am to 6:30pm

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #14
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Purple Stuff, What is this and how do I treat it?

Lighting schedule looks good. So reducing your feedings and maybe black out the tank for a day or two and siphon out what you can when you do your PWC and that should help in starting to get rid of the cyano IMO. It's not going to happen overnight so just stay patient and keep at it.
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Some may disagree, but I have had cyano at the beginning of every tank i have started and each time I have used chemiclean. It gets rid of it within two days and in my case, it never comes back.
But the above posters are correct in saying that it would only be a bandaid, you still have to figure out what caused it and remedy the situation or it will come back.
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I had a cyano build up not too long ago and I took the forums advice on cutting back feedings (no chems) and reduce lighting (6hrs) it's way better now (1 mo later)
Also during PwC I would use the power head to wash off the dead or dying debris hth
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