Interesting read on antibiotics and cyano

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    Very interesting read - thankx Frans - but I honestly thought this was going to be something about how cyano is used in human antibiotics:razz:
     
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    LOL Chicka, with the outbreak i currently have i would be rich man if i could sell it off to a pharma company
     
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    You been waiting since early this morning...
    Or was it the excuse to surf MASA?
     
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    Was actually working on a moerse presentation that I have to deliver this morning.....but always time for MASA inbetween;)
     
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    FransSny awesome find thanks...
     
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    I have used Erethromycin in the past. Cyano gone in less than 24 hours. But your skimmer goes mad. So dose this with caution guys. Last thing you want is to wipe out your system.
     
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    Antibiotics would probably also wipe/compromise the bio filter as cyano and nitrifying bacteria are all bacteria
     
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    You are 100% correct there Tony! Which means it will kill all the beneficial bacteria in the system as well as what we dose eg. Zeobac and Microbacter7.
     
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    Yep used this stuff a while back when I was a total newbie. I ran a fish only tank back then. This stuff does work, would not dare to try it now in my SPS dominated tank!

    Also with repeat use it also tends to have less effect on the cyno, leading u to up the dosage.

    But try and explian to the pharmacist that U want it for the the fishtank....(a prescription only drug)

    Apparently the guys the keep pidgeons also use and give it to their birds...
     
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    Interesting read, tanks for highlighting that point Tony.
     
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    Thanks for this info Frans. Yes - of course anti-biotics can kill cyano bacteria - as cyano IS BACTERIA after all!

    BUT, unfortunately, antibiotics does not discriminate - and will also kill off your "good" bacteria in the tank, mate!

    No - just let the cyano be - increase your water flow (instead of spending money on antibiotics), and get either an algae scrubber (like the ATS versions) or get some betting lighting for your chaetomorpha to grow "BOS" - then your cyano will disappear..... Believe me....

    I only ever had cyano issues ONCE ...... after upgrading my skimmer, upgrading the lighting over my chaetmorpha, and upgrading my water flow inside the tank - NO CYANO anymore! ;)
     
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    Sorry guys maybe misunderstanding why I posted this. I NEVER add any antibiotices etc in my tank.

    My feeling is that just like in humans if we keep on dosing these "baddies" we will make them resistant in the end, then what?

    And yes, as per the measures taken mentioned in this thread by fellow reefers, it is better options than using synthetic stuff.
     
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