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  1. RaveMan

    RaveMan

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    Greetings -- ComPLAINTS for the New Year

    First time posting on MASA -- been crazy at work (only place I have access to internet) and I guess my not posting makes me a diligent worker.

    My wife tells everyone she hould have married a stamp collector -- she would have more space in teh lounge
    My 4 year old daughter and 6month old boxer's fascination with the tank means my wife is outnumbered

    While I live near NSW it has not made its way into my tank

    Almost all my travel arrangements are dictated to by driving pass Northlands Pets -- I find it reassuring that almost everything I want to buy I am told NOT TO by Chris -- with the reassurance that when my tank and I are ready he will let me know

    Have 420litre mainly softy corner tank running for approx 2 years -- upgraded (carried over all rock/fish/gravel) from a previous smaller tank that was running for 2 years
    9020 Tunze Skimmer
    Aquamedic Kalk Stirrer
    2 Tunze Nano Streams and 2 maxijet 100's for internal circ
    Eheim 1262 return from Sump
    Eheim 1250 supplying Resun 650 chiller
    TLF Phosphate reactor -- runs 24/7
    Carbon in sock replaced every 2 weeks -- runs 24/7
    150 Aquamedic halide
    2 white and 2 blue ATi 3foot T5s

    Just got a handle on stabilising alkalinity -- at 11dkh
    pH sits betweeb 8.2 and 8.4
    water temp max 26 -- min 24.8
    Calcium just under 300ppm
    magnesium 1100ppm
    phosphates undetectable -- but I'm sure a larny kit will pick something up

    HAVE PROB IN THE LAST MONTH WITH RED MAT OF SLIMY CYNO ON MONTI (mostly from patch on rock that monti touches) AS WELL ON ANOTHER PORTION OF ROCK

    could this be beacuse I have slackened off on my weekly 10llitre water changes (after hearing that 2 often is disruptive???)

    Or could my daily additions of supplements in their correct dosage be the prob -- Aquamedic iodine/Tropic Marin Pro Coral (powder)/ Tropic marin Strontium (powder)/ Tropic marin Magnesium (powder)/Tropic Marin pro-coral K elements (liquid)/Tropic Marin Calcium (A,B and C liquid) as well as 4 teaspoons fo kalk in kalk stirrer every week ????

    Please advise
     
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  3. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Raveman! a VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA!

    Nice setup - we WILL NEED SOME PICS, though ;-)

    Regarding your cyano outbreak - it is surely something that's feeding the bacteria. Cyano sometimes comes and goes.... I too had it for about 6 weeks in my 2 metre tank - and now it's gone...

    I know that lighting also sometimes help it on (not cause it, though). You will most likely notice it dissapearing for a while if you switch your lighting off for a day or two.

    Another possible assistive cause could be that the globes in your lighting unit could be getting old - when last did you change globes?

    What's your nitrates level like?

    Here's my run-down on your parameters:
    pH is perfect
    alkalinity is perfect
    water temp is perfect
    calcium can definitely be increased - perhaps up the usage of your kalkwasser to up this - just keep an eye on your pH while doing this
    Magnesium can be upped a little bit - levels of between 1275 and 1350 is suggested to be better for a marines environment


    Regarding water changes - some people will say yes - me: I would not specifically say that this is the cause of your problems....

    Look at what feeds bacteria - mostly carbon based compounds - you might have some detritus trapped somewhere in your rocks (where you spot the cyano to be the worst) which might be leaching out some crap....

    Well - this is my take on this issue.

    Let's wait and see what the other have to say as well.... Then after a few answers, make up your own mind! ;-)

    Cheers, mate!
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to masa, we need piccies:thumbup:
     
  5. nakoma

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    some picturs would be great
     
  6. Smithers

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    Welcome to MASA. Nice to have another Durban reefer around. I agree with jacquesb. Cyano is a bacteria and not an algae as most people think. Best thing to kill it is to run carbon siphon out what you can see and just wait it out. Lighting will not make a difference as it is bacterial and really does not get fussed by it. I struggled with a 'red tide' in my tank and it finally just died off. Your setup sounds really good and as the others have mentioned you need pictures. Lots of pictures.
     
  7. Warr7207

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    Welcome dude, nice sounding setup, need graphics
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    :whoohoo: another new member, WELCOME!
     
  9. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    pics please,we are addicts :p
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome
     
  11. Alan

    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA.
     
  12. Nick R

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    Welcome, cant wait for the pics
     
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    Welcome to MASA.

    Rave on !! :D
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcometomasa SA's premier marine site:thumbup:

    Oh yes we would love pics:p
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum RaveMan.

    Tank sounds good, up your calcium to about the 400 mark and load some pics :)
     
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  17. jacquesb

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    Wazzup Raveman? Been a while! Please let us know what's going on with the cyano on the monti?
     
  18. RaveMan

    RaveMan Thread Starter

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    sorry -- been meaning to take pics

    Have increase water flow with additional seio 820 and replensihed carbon

    brushed cyno off but still comes back
     
  19. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Remember Raveman - cyano is a bacteria and is fed from carbon sources.... are you dosing Vodka by any chance? If so, stop it for a while - until you see the cyano dissappearing....
     
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