Cyano

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  1. Jacojs

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    I changed my LED lighting from a zetlight 1201 to a zetlight UFO and yesterday noticed two red patches starting to form on the substrate.

    The UFO has been running now for 25 days.

    Is it because the new light is stronger than the 1201? The light is all that changed, feeding is the same as it used to be.
     
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  3. 3dd

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    IMO the light would not be the primary source of the cyano, althought they help it grow it normally originates from water quality.

    What are your water parameters, are you dosing any carbon source, and do you have enough flow in the tank?

    Also how old is the system?
     
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    @3dd I am not dosing ANYTHING, Im sure I have enough flow, The system started cycling in December 2015, so its 9 months old?

    I havent tested water in a while but I do have high nitrates, could the new light and nitrates combo be the cause?
     
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    And phosphate?

    I would remove the two patches on the substrate while cleaning the substrate, and see if it Comes back?

    How high is high for your nitrates?

    Might be a good idea to test your water before attributing the cyano to the lights
     
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    you can change the intensity of the light to make it less intense
     
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    @Mike geldart I first need to get the controller :)

    @3dd Last time I checked the nitrates were 50, no idea about phosphate, I will vacuum the substrate this afternoon and do a 25L waterchange and see if it comes back.
     
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    50 ppm for nitrate is on the high side, what kind of corals are you keeping?
     
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    @3dd I know, havent been able to get them lower, some Zoas, some mushrooms, Xenia, 1 bubble tip anemone, 1 hitchhike anemone so all softies. 2 cleaner shrimp 3 fish, snails.
     
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