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Cyanobacteria: gearing up for the TOTAL blackout
Old 01-11-2011, 06:53 PM   #21
 
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I think your mama and my mama went to the same school! lol
I do not have another place I can "tank" my Discus but I know they can handle a black out and go without food, no problem. Knock wood, they are a healthy bunch.
I think the thing that is the most frustrating, BEYOND the most frustrating, is that all my tanks are planted, maintained and feed the same, lighting schedules, etc., everything is the same! Why the heck am I having problems with this one!! Why couldn't it have been one of the littler ones?? Waaa Waaa Waaa. Ok, I'll stop crying now.

"Murphy's Law." I am truly pained for you. Those are amazing looking fish. I wouldn't want to go 3-4 days without looking at them. I really hope everything goes great with your tank in the future. It's just "one of those things"...as mama would say.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #22
 
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"Murphy's Law." I am truly pained for you. Those are amazing looking fish. I wouldn't want to go 3-4 days without looking at them. I really hope everything goes great with your tank in the future. It's just "one of those things"...as mama would say.
Yep, and my Mama always says "Look on the bright side". So, I have pretty, healthy fish and some ugly plants. Ok, I can deal with that.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:57 PM   #23
 
i have heard of UV sterilizers being effective for algae, bacterial infections, parasite, and most other baddies in tanks, and i would assume also BGA since loose particles of it will be killed by the light. I do not think it will affect your biological filter as much either since most bacterial grow on surfaces and are not free floating. However, you still need to take it off anything its growing on and do the blackout to get as much of it off as possible...
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:11 AM   #24
 
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I agree- UV sterilisers will completely eliminate ich, (and other) parasites, Greenwater, and infectious bacteria, but I'm not certain it would help with Cyano.

D Walstad claims that if everything is in balance, you won't have algae outbreaks... (She added chunks of BGA, spoonfuls of Cyano, and cups of greenwater to her tanks to prove it- the algae was dead in a couple weeks.)

How old are your bulbs? Most tubes have to be replaced every year (or couple of years.) Maybe your tubes are old and the light diminished ?
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:46 AM   #25
 
the UV should help with loose cyano, but if its colonized on a surface the UV would not be effective. For me, i have brand new bulbs and i still have cyano. Aunt Kymmie, are you definitely doing the blackout?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #26
 
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yes are you ?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:45 PM   #27
 
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Oh boy. I thought maybe it had cleared up since you haven;t mentioned it lately. I have no idea what technique you should use to clear the tank of Cyano, but want to wish you lots of luck getting it taken care of.

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Old 01-12-2011, 12:45 PM   #28
 
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Well the reason I mention the bulbs is because she had no cyano, and boom, it appeared. I have a feeling her bulbs are old, and if so, they need to be replaced regardless.

May get rid of the cyano (or slow the growth to allow manual removal) with no need to do anything.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:50 PM   #29
 
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Well Kym, what is it? How old are your bulbs?!?!?

P.S. Give Skip and Doc a pat on the head for me
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:06 PM   #30
 
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ooooo oooo now we're waiting i can use this.............



see we do need to keep it
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