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Cyano Hell

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About at my wits end and am looking for advice. I have been fighting cyano for a while now. Probably about 4 months. It seems like it is just getting worse and I cannot put my finger on why. I change 5-10 gallons every couple of weeks on a 45 gallon cube. I have a way oversized reef octopus skimmer that pulls a cup full of dry skimmate in a week or two. I feel only mysis which I rinse thoroughly about twice a week and I toss some pellets from sustainable aquatics hatchery diet a couple times a week. I lost one of my power heads and did not make it a priority to replace because I felt I had plenty of flow but added in another small hydor pump a couple of weeks ago and it has not seemed to help. I have been trying to vacuum out the sump every time I change water as well as suck out as much slime as I can from the display. I am trying really hard not to use any products like chemi clean or the other red slime removers. Any ideas would be appreciated, maybe I am just overlooking something obvious.

Richard

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kbass   

All my cases have occurred due to lighting (old t5 bulbs) or water flow.  Food or poop is most likely settling and causing the bacteria to form. You might try a sand sifting goby if it is forming on the sand.

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Mydraal   

Have you tried gfo? I'll have bouts from time to time and running gfo usually helps me. I'll be honest, I'll dose Chem clean to help me get it back in line quicker but running carbon/gfo usually keeps it in check for me. I have a bad habit of letting things go from time to time

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I have LEDs so I don't think it's an old bulb issue and I turned them down some actually about two weeks ago hoping that would help. It is forming all over and directly in the water flow. The crap is flapping in the current thus the title. I am running gfo as well and probably more of than. Need and I change it regularly(monthly)

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drauka   

Mine is pretty bad right now too. I added the anthias, and uped the feeding and then went on vacation. Back now and hopefully get it under control.

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TrentN   

the only way i was able to control the cyano problem in the 65g was to up the hermit population. once under control slowly removed hermits. when the first cyan showed up added 5 itty bitty new hermits. no problems since.

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I know I need more clean up crew to a great degree. Most of my original cuc has perished except for about 2 or 3 blue leg hermits. I have added a few snails here and there but know I need more.

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TrentN   

Well there is your problem. We were having bad algae problems, was doing water changes, added PhosBan to the refugium racking my brains about EVRYTHING started to beef up the CUC, they only thing really left is  little bryopis that I think the little buggers are farming. They don't seem to eat that little patch down to the rock they did everywhere else.

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TrentN   

You need to send John at Reef Cleaners and order. Hey if you do order from him and get one of the hermit crews let me know I want to piggy back 2 cowries to your order.

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Well I got sick f looking at it this morning and made a decision. Went to petland(fort Walton) and bought some chemi-clean. Looked at cuc and wasn't happy with selection and price so did not add to that yet. Well if you ever want to piss off your skimmer get this stuff. It said you MAY have to adjust skimmer. Lol I have it with the valve almost open and the whole skimmer is full of foam. Glad I added the drain hose and put in five gallon bucket before adding the chemi-clean. I also sucked out what I could get to easy and changed 5 gallons of water just to get the big mats out. Will post back after the 48 hour mark when it said to change 20% water. It also said to remove carbon and chemi pure which is a carbon I believe. It did not say anything about gfo so if any have experience with that let me know. For now the reactors are still flowing. I will probably add some carbon to the second reactor after the 48 is up.

Richard

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I have to turn my skimmer completely off for the 48 hours that I run chemiclean and until I do a water change after.  Don't forget to add an aerator while running the chemiclean.   

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