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  1. Duri

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    ... this!

    I have tried siphon, airstone and strong current... no success
    Should I just scrub it?
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  3. maj

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    red cyano normally needs higher flow,or increased redox(airstone) and lower nutrients and light.
    same with the GHA-reduce phosphate and nitrates in tank.

    quickest is to take out and scrub it off
     
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    Duri Thread Starter

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    that crap takes too long and not that effective...

    so scrubing rocks commences this weekend! :thumbup: there are like 3-4 only... the others my tang ate off :whistling:
     
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    i personally wouldn't take rocks out of water and scrub them.

    How old is your tank Duri?

    I've used ChemiClean product and it works. But...

    What are you phos and nitrate sitting at?

    The main source of cyno bacteria is nitrates and phosphates. So the best would be to just siphon when you doing a water change. Leave your lights off for a couple of days.

    I've also seen alot of people beat the cyno and then have an algae breakout. This is normal also. Because what happens is the GHA out competes the cyno by taking the nutrients (nitrates and phosphates) up.
     
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    basically 2 months only... I got the rocks like that :(
    I nitrates we tested last week an according to the colour chart it was safe :thumbup:
    what is GHA... ?
    okay so what should i purchase? chemiclean? is it safe?
     
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    good luck getting rid of the red stuff. all my gha died and hasnt come back but the cyano just keeps coming back. its driving me mad so if you get rid of it let me know how
     
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    get a sea hare , i bought one, he polishes the rocks
     
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    is that really cyano? It looks furry.
     
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    have u got anti phos runnin in ur tank?
    if not,try gettin some or runnin purigen
     
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    lol it does look furry... the green is hair algae but its so tough!

    sea hare mmm u for real lol
     
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    Yeah it does, I had the same stuff, Mekaeel too, it's like a velvet carpet almost, never was able to get rid of it.
     
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    looks like a red hair algae.
    GHA=green hair algae.

    When u say colour chart says safe?what test kits and what colour is the nitrate and phos showing?
    Sera kits will show very light yellow-nitrates
    phos will read very light blue
     
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    i had sea hare when my tank was filled with GHA,he hardly touched the long algae,and after a month i never saw him agen:blush:

    even had lawnmower blennys to help but they leave the long strands alone.

    best to drop the nitrates and phos:thumbup:
     
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    dont say that i have the same stuff, had it for almost 3 months now:banghead:
     
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    Perhaps that is your problem....

    If the rocks had the algae when they arrive and it hasnt gone away
    Your tests show water as "safe"...

    Perhaps the NO3 and PO4 is located in the rocks and the algea is feeding off of that?
     
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    ok so how do I drop my nitrates etc?

    also...I am not sure what test the nitrate was, my cousin did it. the safest was the light green(or was it yellow) and mine was the one above the safest!

    so what can i buy in the meantime?

    valvet sounds expensive :biggrin: what can i buy to get it away or is it safe or will it spread
     
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    I had bad GHA all over all my LR at the beginning of the year, I doubled up on my live rock, added like 20+ kgs and increased flow and that sorted it out hey!
     
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    This is not the solution.

    The Phos and Nitrates are being taken up by the Cyno. I can guarantee this.

    Keep to your regular water change and make sure you syphon your sand and cyno. Turn your lights off for some time. Skim wet when doing a water change. What skimmer are you using?

    Keep doing your regular maintainance! It will go away.

    What corals do you have in the tank?
     
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    I have a berlin triple bypass skimmer. I think i might need a stronger pump on the skimmer.
    I just did a water change on sunday.
    my lights are on for about 7-8hours. 4 x 10 000k salvina flo tubes (some like that) 2 white 2 blue.
    I have siphoned the sand where i could.

    corals: frogspawn (new), galaxy, mushrooms, feather tube/worm, leather, 2x kenyan tree and one white tree, pulsating xenia, zoas and polyps and star polyps.

    tank two months old... got the rock with it on.
     
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    I have had the cyno for a while, covered most of my rocks, only one rock has it now, if you scrub is off, whithin a day or two it will be back. You need to get you nitrates and phosphates down to 0.
     
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