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oceandude 07-28-2017 10:37 AM

Cyanobacteria
 
Glad to hear some have had positive results with induced chemicals on the market. I personally am leery when it comes to using 'sludge busters', with the exception of Dr. Tims 'Waste Away', for the sake of creatures though.

I've not had Cyanobacteria in many years. When my tank got some and it started spreading, I used Erythromycin because I wanted to fight the gram negative bacteria which for whatever reason did not affect the beneficial gram positive bacteria with the only drawback being a rise in nitrates which are easier to address. With the possibility of oxygen reduction, I used a good air stone until my issues with cyano were resolved, and afterward a good water change.

Just wanted to write this in case others are leery about harsh stuff out there.

Magicpenny 07-28-2017 02:22 PM

Do you feel there is such a thing as a manageable amount of cyano?I've been running on status-quo for a while while I was off the site here, but I've had a small amount of cyano in my tank as long as it's been running (over two years) with no change. it never got on the coral or more than 1/2" up the rocks, went completely away every night, and didn't grow up the glass but a little bit. I could never figure out why really, but it never got out of hand, so I quit fighting with it. I feel like (and this is just a straight up guess) that it was mostly due to my tank's location right next to a window that gets strong reflected light off of my neighbor's house. The best improvement I had, despite trying phosban reactors, adding a refugium for nutrient uptake, and cutting my light cycle to no more than 6 hours a day, was when I started leaving the blinds closed all the time on that window. Course that's just me and chemicals are scary and I'm lazy and my tank shows it lol. But that's my question/contribution to this conversation :) Other than being ugly, is it really that bad in and of itself?

oceandude 07-28-2017 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Magicpenny (Post 17369114)
Do you feel there is such a thing as a manageable amount of cyano?I've been running on status-quo for a while while I was off the site here, but I've had a small amount of cyano in my tank as long as it's been running (over two years) with no change. it never got on the coral or more than 1/2" up the rocks, went completely away every night, and didn't grow up the glass but a little bit. I could never figure out why really, but it never got out of hand, so I quit fighting with it. I feel like (and this is just a straight up guess) that it was mostly due to my tank's location right next to a window that gets strong reflected light off of my neighbor's house. The best improvement I had, despite trying phosban reactors, adding a refugium for nutrient uptake, and cutting my light cycle to no more than 6 hours a day, was when I started leaving the blinds closed all the time on that window. Course that's just me and chemicals are scary and I'm lazy and my tank shows it lol. But that's my question/contribution to this conversation :) Other than being ugly, is it really that bad in and of itself?

Yes, if it were this minuscule, I would simply siphon if really needed. IMHO, you have no issue. And it is so thin cased bacteria, that would not phase me at all. :)

I personally think you do a great job with all of your tanks!

Thanks for your thoughts and great response.


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