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Old 02/13/2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Algae/Cyano? ID please

I've been battling this nuisance for about 45 days. Everything started showing up when I put a bit too much Reef Roids in my system. I'm looking for advice. What I've done so far:

1. Brought my PO down from .10 to ~0 via water changes
2. Installed ATS that is growing some good algae but still relatively new
3. Manually removed via syphon/turkey baster
4. Two Fighting Conch's are arriving tomorrw

My nitrates are 5.


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Old 02/13/2018, 02:44 PM   #2
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Looks like Cyano, IMO. You can clean it all up the best that you can, and then try a 3 day lights out period. Won't harm your critters.

If that doesn't knock it back, then you might try the Chemi-clean route, but follow the instructions to the letter or it will have adverse effects.

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Old 02/13/2018, 03:28 PM   #3
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Looks like Cyano, IMO. You can clean it all up the best that you can, and then try a 3 day lights out period. Won't harm your critters.

If that doesn't knock it back, then you might try the Chemi-clean route, but follow the instructions to the letter or it will have adverse effects.

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Thanks. I ordered some Chemi-Clean yesterday. I guess I could try the 3 day lights out. I'm just nervous about the corals.


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Old 02/13/2018, 03:35 PM   #4
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I have read a few of your recent post. It seems as if you have been experiencing multiple problems with your tank’s SPS corals. Sorry, I know nothing of them because I choose long ago, not to mix SPS with my softies. They like differrent conditions. I suggest you use GAC heavily.

Your tank has seen enough changes, no chemicals/no lights out. If the algae is only on the substrate, then vacume it out. Continue feeding, get appropriate janotors, which includes you. With respect to sand bed stirrers, I like Ceriths. They will multiply to food supply.


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Old 02/13/2018, 04:03 PM   #5
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I have read a few of your recent post. It seems as if you have been experiencing multiple problems with your tank’s SPS corals. Sorry, I know nothing of them because I choose long ago, not to mix SPS with my softies. They like differrent conditions. I suggest you use GAC heavily.

Your tank has seen enough changes, no chemicals/no lights out. If the algae is only on the substrate, then vacume it out. Continue feeding, get appropriate janotors, which includes you. With respect to sand bed stirrers, I like Ceriths. They will multiply to food supply.
I'm using GAC along with heavy skimming. The algae is not only on the substrate as pictured. It's everywhere.


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Old 02/13/2018, 04:10 PM   #6
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Yep..
Cyano.. its a bacteria not an algae..


Millions of posts on ways to address it..

I'd start with extensive siphoning/water changes..
And throw a 3 day lights out at it too..
and see how that goes..

With siphoning you should be able to pull out tons of it.. Not just some weak turkey baster attempt.. really just suck that stuff out like you are vacuuming it..


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Old 02/13/2018, 05:11 PM   #7
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Yep..
Cyano.. its a bacteria not an algae..


Millions of posts on ways to address it..

I'd start with extensive siphoning/water changes..
And throw a 3 day lights out at it too..
and see how that goes..

With siphoning you should be able to pull out tons of it.. Not just some weak turkey baster attempt.. really just suck that stuff out like you are vacuuming it..
Thanks. I figured the stuff on the sand was Cyano but wasn’t sure about the stuff on the rocks because it appeared brown and wouldn’t come off by blowing it with a turkey baster.


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In the future request for identification pictures you should turn the blue channels way down or off to allow for proper color rendition..
That can be very helpful in a successful identification..
Not only will it show true colors but it can also allow cameras to focus better.

I really can't tell what the real colors of anything are in your pictures..
So if its brown on the rocks.. I believe you


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Old 02/13/2018, 05:43 PM   #9
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In the future request for identification pictures you should turn the blue channels way down or off to allow for proper color rendition..
That can be very helpful in a successful identification..
Not only will it show true colors but it can also allow cameras to focus better.

I really can't tell what the real colors of anything are in your pictures..
So if its brown on the rocks.. I believe you
Sounds good. I’ll take another picture tomorrow with more white.


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