03-16-2013, 12:17 AM
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The biggest remaining issue: the Cyanobacteria/Blue-Green Algae problem. I have read about many different methods, none of which I like much except physical removal (I have an 1/8" inner diameter clear plastic hose that works pretty well) and water changes. Jeff, it sounded like there was one method that you favored, if so, I would like to hear about it.
It sounded from one post I read that there are underlying issues that are fueling the cyanoB. I think I have moderate but good water movement in the tank - I certainly have the capacity to increase it by sliding the control on the filter. I don't think that water changes are the end-all, but I'm hoping they will help. Bottom line is I have to get the plants growing again and outcompeting the Cyanob. How to do that I'm not sure, but water changes and the attendant increase in KH can't hurt. And we'll see how things are affected by 2x 10w CFLs too.
I'm still looking for feedback, especially re the Cyanobacteria treatment. btw, Erythromycin/Maracyn doesn't knock out all the bacteria in the tank? Thanks.