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ChrisK 07-26-2012 09:31 PM

Help! Cyanobacteria
 
It's taking over! Lol is there any proven way to get rid of it? I I have been using tap with instant ocean which I shouldn't be

Reefing Madness 07-26-2012 10:22 PM

Chemipure Elite.
Phospban Reactor
PhosGuard
To name a few.

ChrisK 07-27-2012 12:38 PM

I'm already running phosguard with no results :/

Reefing Madness 07-27-2012 03:53 PM

Have you checked your posphates or silicates? How often do you change your phosguatd? Is it exhausted? If you have a lot in the system, this stuff is going to exhaust faster. Its only going to keep a stable system, stable at 0 once its already there.

Pasfur 07-29-2012 06:14 AM

I am going to make a comment that always causes a stir from experienced hobbyists, but has always worked for me in the past. Upon the first signs of cynobacteria:

1) increase water flow in the area.
2) increase alkalinity to 12-14 dkh.
3) maintain calcium at 400-460ppm, not dropping below 400ppm.

I have found this to work on multiple instances personally in my home aquariums.

Reefing Madness 07-29-2012 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pasfur (Post 1175944)
I am going to make a comment that always causes a stir from experienced hobbyists, but has always worked for me in the past. Upon the first signs of cynobacteria:

1) increase water flow in the area.
2) increase alkalinity to 12-14 dkh.
3) maintain calcium at 400-460ppm, not dropping below 400ppm.

I have found this to work on multiple instances personally in my home aquariums.

I couldn't argue with any of that, but the ALK seems really high for my taste, other than that. Good stuff.


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