Question: Cyno Elimination

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  1. Duri

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    The bad red algae...

    if i drop an air stone in my DT will it remove the cyno?
    or should i place the airstone in my sump?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    place the airstone in the areas affected...
    also adding Microbacter7 will compete and beat the cyano for resources...
    if that doesnt work, also injecting 0.5ml of hydrogen peroxide in it will kill it
     
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    i put a airstone in my sump and dropped the lighting period to 3 hours a day, and 2 weeks later no cyno
     
  5. Duri

    Duri Thread Starter

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    cool my lights are on for about 6 hours only...

    I will try it all, but 1st the airstone...
    I got the lr with cyno... it is going away slowly and my tang is nipping it, plus it is not really sticking to the rock.
     
  6. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    Cyano is easy to eat...

    Here is my receipe:

    Addressing the symptoms:

    1) Cyano is not algae, it is bacteria. It is aggitated by flow, so point your powerheads to increase flow over the problematic area.

    2) Cyano needs light to photosynthesise. So, reduce yor photo period drastically for two or three days. Your coral should be okey with only one or two hours intense light. Do not use actinic at all, as actinic light actually aggrivates the cyano to grow - not sure why, but aparantly it does...

    Fixing the cause:

    1) Most probably your water kH is low. Cyano needs "soft" water and your water will sit at around 6ppm kH (test it and tell me if I'm right...) So, get yourself some Tropic Marin Tripple Buffer and dose accordingly. Do yourself a favour and make Tripple Buffer a weekly additive and your kH will be in the good levels (8-10ppm)

    Do not exceed 10ppm on kH as your corals will start suffering...

    Follow my receipe and within a few days your problam will more than like be cleared. I have done and recommended this to many reefers and every time it works... Let's hope it can do the same for you!!!

    Good luck!!!
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Its actually both, bacteria and algae
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    Sorry Jaco but I do not agree. My kH is on a constant 9 and I had cyano that covered everything.

    From all the sources I have read the major culprit was DOCs and detritus settlement in the rock.
     
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    Yeah undoubtedly Marius... I am no expert. This was the case with the last four or five guys I have helped, but definetely a coincidence that we all suffered from low kH.

    So maybe it is just a combination of other stuff like DOC as you said...

    So no, my plan is not fool proof, but it worked before... Worth trying.
     
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    I know this is an old topic but thought I would add my two cents.

    I have over the past two weeks a serious outbreak of this algae. The last three days now I have cut my lights from 10 hours to 4 hours per day. Not only have I noticed that the algae is retreating but also my water quality looks "clearer" :thumbup:

    Not sure if it is my imagination but why would my water look "cleaner"?

    Just asking :blush:
     
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    No long term value in cutting the lightning cycle.

    The problem are excessive nutrients and low flow. Even old globes.
     
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    Riaan yeah I think its time I invest in another powerhead perhaps.

    Thanks for the advice though sir.
     
  13. B00tCamp

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    Hi @Duri ,

    My tank was full of Cyano in the beginning, turned my lights off for 3 days and covered the tank with a towel while dosing Special Blend...and Sorted! ;)
     
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    @Jaco Schoeman ....your are right dear friend, some guys will never admit they have a problem with there pars :lol: just so unfortunate... But in my personal experience, stabalising your kh and syphonin out the algae manualy works best,and whilst syphoning ,you will also lift and remove the detritus from the rocks surface so yes,its also a contributor.... But add some regular wc and add some bacteria source and within a coupla days your cyano should be gone...
     
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  15. Duri

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    hey guys...
    I tried the lights off for 5 days and wrapped it worked but this will only work if your algae is not far in.
    regular wc is excellent...
    I have red algae now but that the soft one... i just syphoned it all out... rocks are getting better.
    Only realised why its grew my 2 small pumps wasn't working :/ less flow...
     
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