Not winning the battle against Cyano

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  1. VicZA

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    I am not winning the battle with Red Cyano. I have had it cover my substrate, my back pane and most of my rocks for about 2 months now. I have tried increasing my water flow and tried controlling my feeding a bit better but it seems as if that is not sufficient or maybe too late.

    It looks as if some of my snails are starting to battle in finding food and that concerns me.

    Please could you advise on some successful short term and long term methods to get rid of this stuff
     
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  3. Express Reef

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    Short term: buy clear pipe 8mm / 10mm use it to suck up the Cyano, let the pipe go to your sump and use a pool gobbler bag to catch the cyano.
     
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    i battled it in feb/march, i started dosing vinegar and have it all but gone for a very small low flow patch.
    try and stir your gravel, if there is dirt/dust that stirs then you need to siphon and clean gravel. low flow high detritus areas will help it grow.

    i would also get a phos remover

    Reef Cleaners
     
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    If you want it gone try RedCyanoRX worked for me.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Boyds Chemi clean etc all work but as will all oxidizers you need to follow the instructions and not over dose
     
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    how is you ro water that you use for top off have you checked the tds recently we had a problem in a friends 1600l tank with dynoflangalites which is also basicaly cyno algae, and found that the tds of his ro water was 12 which was just enough to feed the algae but still test almost zero on any phosphate test kit .
     
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    I had a huge outbreak and used Chemi Clean twice. Clam didn't survive but it obliterated the cyano. I like the stuff
     
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    there is a reason the cyno has had an outbreak and all the chemi clean will do is kill it off but not solve the underlyling issue that caused the cyno outbreak in the first place @Brendan6 how long ago did you treat the cyno and what is the tank looking like now ???
     
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    @Fraser W I had a Brooklynella outbreak (that's the general consensus) about 12 weeks ago. After everything died, some fish matter must have gotten stuck under the rocks. Before my last fish died, the cyano started. Tried manual removal and mass waterchAnges for a week and decided to try Chemiclean. Whatever caused my cyano was a once off as since I Chemi cleaned, my tank has never been better.

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    sorry about the brook man.. im glad that you managed to get things sorted
     
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    feel your pain man :( i was also battling this stuff, i seem to have got it beaten with siphoning sand weekly. added a twin reactor and also using special blend now. I do think the special blend has really helped it as well.
     
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    I will have a look later today - think it's ok but may not be

    What else is likely to die ?

    Looks good !!
     
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    Thanks @Fraser W

    My torch coral and gsp rock did not enjoy the Chemi clean but they have made 100% recovery after retracting for near 2 weeks.
     
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    Does Cyano rely on light as well or does that not help it at all ? Was thinking of restricting the amount of light to the DT
     
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    from what ive read it does. Did a 24hour black out on my tank and it helped with the cyano but after a while it just came back
     
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    Tested my RO water and it still shows zero TDS - so think that is ok
     
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    just be very very careful with chemiclean bud ... follow the instructions to the letter and DO NOT OVERDOSE and make sure to calculate your rock volume in when dosing ...

    it works well for a reason ... its strong stuff
     
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    Yup when calculating system system volume you must take water displacement of rocks into account.
     
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    think I am going to try a black-out first ... will revisit this Chemi Clean if this does not work
     
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    Just remember one thing...Chemi Clean requires the skimmer off and an air stone in place...not a treasure chest bubble trap thing, a proper airstone or you WILL lose everything. It's happens before, you need legit airation.
     
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