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    Senior Member wayn496's Avatar
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    Here we go AGAIN

    Well I am on break from the long grouling task of fighting cyano and hair. I am ripping my reef apart rock by rock very slowely so I dont disturb the sandbad. The cyano and hair is so bad in the back of the tank that it has left me with no choice. I can't get to the back behind the rock to get the cyano out so I have decided to clean 1 corner of the tank and start cleaning the hair and cyano off 1 by 1. Placing the cleaned rock in the clean corner. Then I will have to re-aquascape after. I am going very slowely. Don't whant to stirr up the sand and make things worse. Any comments or suggestions from anyone?

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    good luck wayne, been there.

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    what water you using? tap or RO/DI?

    lighting period?

    how many fish?

    what type of skimmer?

    over feeding?

    how much current? powerheads??


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    distilled from bono clair
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    1 clown, 3 damsels, 1 BTA, cleaner shrimp, coral banded, and cleaning crew, oh ya and a tiger tail cucumber
    Prizim skimmer and a seaclone 100 just added yesterday
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    ok well filters act like nitrate factories which can contribute to hair algae.. same for cyno except cyno hates current so make sure you have a go path for water to hit it..

    you have to clean filters once a week.. thats why i stopped using one and sold it lol..

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    As others have mentioned, your sand and rock can store Nitrogen compounds and Phosphates. Since letting it grow and pulling it out doesn't seem to be gaining ground, you either have a problem with these nutrients being added, or you simply have a large supply in the tank already.

    How old are your bulbs now? Aging bulbs will shift their spectrum and aid algae (or stop aiding Coraline algae).

    Since you have removed the rock now, you might want to accelerate the sand bed changeover. Still don't do it all at once, but, maybe a 6" swath at a time.

    Keep an eye on your parameters, expecially Nitrogen, if you remove too much of the bacteria at once, you could spike Nitrate or Nitrite, and be prepared for a water change or two along the way.

    I would syphon vac the sand and then remove it. If you just remove it, you could dump detritus out of the sand into the tank water and cause a spike that way.

    Doesn't sound like you are having much fun, and a forced timeline won't help.
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    ditch the fluval unless you clean it weekly.
    add a few MAXIJET 1200 or JBJ or SEIO PH.
    try not to make a wall! of rock making sure flow is just as strong [or close to it] in the back.those skimmers are weak.

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    Cres the rock has never come out of the water. I am picking all the hair off under water and placing it in the corner of the tank. And right now I clean the fluval every 2 weeks. My nitrates are at 20 and comming down. 2 months ago they were peaked. Right of my chart and my chart goes to 160. The water in the test tube was a deep red. It has come a very long way. sand is staying for now. I have to go to GTA for 6 weeks on May 24 so I am not going to mess around with that now. Just whant the cyano gone before I leave. The wife refuses to clean the tank. I will be back on the weekends though.
    Johnny: I know about the skimmers but thats what I can afford right now. The 2 of them together shouldn't be to bad. I also just did the mod that was posted the other day and the skimmer is running better. Skim is almost black.

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    It is a pain...I know I just finished the whole cyano now Im knee deep in diatom algae... Don't forget at 7 months that tank IMO is still new so outbreaks can occur. I concider my tank new again because of all the changes I did to it. Hang in there! It does get better.Listen to Johnny and the others....ditch the fluval especially if you are gonna leave for 6 weeks!! and the better half ( ) refuses to clean any of those things! right now I change my floss in my sump daily just to be safe....
    Carol
    Can we fit one more tank? :P
    Dont mind my spelling mistakes I've got an excuse...I'M FRENCH!

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    don't have a sump!!!!! YET.

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