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    cyano problems

    I went to california for 5 days and i when came back my front glass was full of cyano, is this normal? Could my skimmer be the problem? I have had my skimmer for 4 mo now and it hasen't skimmed anything and was defective. The company is replacing it with a new one. any other causes? also, my sand has a bit of cyano on it.

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    If you have a phosphate test kit I'd check that. A good water change will make a difference too but siphon out as much cyano as you can first.

    A good skimmer will certainly help too. What kind did you have?
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    Cyano like stagnent water too......pump up the flow if needed
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    Seems like almost everyone at some point goes thru this nice outbreak. Mine occured while I was in Vancouver for a week came home to everything red. Kind of pretty but it took over everything quite quickly.

    Some people had mentioned to me to syphon and to harvest it and eventually it would go away.

    It lasted about 2 months, went to Halifax for 4 days came back and it was gone just as quick as it started....I guess its all about balance.

    I didn't use any additives, or phosphate 'stuff' just rode out the storm.....syphoned and harvested....

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    Originally posted by dazednconfused
    I guess its all about balance.
    now you sound like Old Salty Dog.
    but you are right.
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    lol, sorry I didn't mean to hijack his signature......Guess I picked it up from OSD

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    this is my second tank and both didt he same thing.....a nice red carpet everywere when i got back,I took it off with a net and it came back like 12 hrs later,Boosted up my flow and tries to reduce my phosphate........
    Derik...

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    My skimmer was and is a (POS) berlin classic, i do 10g water changes weekly, i have lots of flow, 2100gph. The cyano is brown. How am i supposed to syphon it on the glass? i just use the magnet to wipe it off. it's not that bad on the sand but it's visible. Something else i have is under the sand, front middle against galss is: red and green spots and some type of grey worms (not alive but has that shape), many of them. I can take pics for you guys to id if necessary.
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    that would be great i am interested in seing this......I had a berllin hang on turbo and never got a skim out of it...500$ in the garbage...I changes to a prizm pro deluxe,and then a second one and now I got the liferreef
    Derik...

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    just wiping it off the glass helps to spread it in the tank - careful.
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