Originally Posted by xfatdannx
i don't really have a problem with algae on the glass, that stuff i have to clean maybe once every 3-4 weeks. Im pretty sure that its cyano though. I have had the lights off for 48 hours as some have suggested. They said it helped them so i am trying it. It seems to be better but then again it doesn't need like to exist, just to turn green. We'll see here when i get the lights back on tomorrow or tuesday. thanks for all the help dudes! appreciate it.
Let's be clear what you are actually dealing with. As I said in response to the video, the floating blob looks like cyano, but what is on the substrate may just be algae.
Cyhanobacteria is due solely to high organics. Blackouts and similar "fixes" willnot work long-term because until the source--the organics--are dealt with, cyano will return and return. But cyanol is the green/black slime.
Algae is very different. This is due to light and nutrients being out of balance for the plants. Algae will (or should) appear in any healthy aquarium. You cannot avoid it, or you will have an unhealthy tank for fish and plants. You simply keep it under control, and here the light (intensity and/or duration) and nutrient balance are the factors.