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    Drastic move against red slime

    I have been fighting red slime for the last 4 months…...I have tried about everything……..and am really fed up.

    I use RO/Di water. I have increased water changes, changed lights, reduced feeding, used carbon and polyfilters, have used macros, have siphoned the stuff regularly, have even tried red slime remover……...but it keeps coming back after a few days.

    I have added new macros to my sump last week. The lights in my sump are on 24/24, 7/7.This coming weekend, I want to try something new. After siphoning the stuff again, and doing a 15 gallon water change, I intend to shut all lights off for 2 days. I plan to cover my tank with a blanket to prevent the light in my living room from reaching the tank.

    Should I try this?

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    how about snails and crabs... I have that problem too.. but I seem to be able to keep it to a minimum because of the cleanup crew...

    if you dont have those.. get them.. you'll see a positive diff.
    I did !

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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    My snails show no interest in the slime.

    I have astreas and turbos.

    I'm afraid of crabs attacking my clam and corals.

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    Well, I think the cells won't just die in 2 days. Stuff can stay alive in a aquarium for some long time.... think of the shipping of live rock.... and if you do that, you might kill some stuff in your tank that need light; well, maybe not for 2 days. I say you can try it, but don't expect certain success...
    Good luck.
    Do or do not. There is no "try" - Jedi Master Yoda

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    Blue legged hermits won't hurt anyone....
    Do or do not. There is no "try" - Jedi Master Yoda

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    well.. soo far, my little red hermits are not interested in my corals ( xenia and frogspawn ).. they go around it like if it was a rock... mine also eat the little britle stars.. and thats it.

    I highly recommend if everything else fails.. these little buggers will do the job.. seriously! buy like 20.. give them 1 day .. and voila.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    My blue leg hermits have kiled off the cerith snails I got and taken over their shells :-(
    Nick

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    That’s why I do not trust crabs.

    Have any of you witnessed crabs eating red slime?

    I do not recall reading that anywhere.

    I am interested in your answers.

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    Hi Peluche,
    I hab red slime in the beginning of my ecosystem sump... One red leg hermit in there and it was gone afetr 2 days . Well, the crab was big.....

    Also, you have to know that cyano bacteria do not live on nutrients in the water. They can appear spontaneously because of CO2 factors.
    Have you tried Red Slime Remover????
    Béluga

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    Cool peluche

    the light off thing won't work. If you were unsuccesful with RED SLIME REMOVER then you have to ride it out. here are just a couple of questions for you. do you have a jam packed wall of rock in your tanK? if so you need to have lots openings and caves so water can flow all over without any dead spots.
    How is your flow? if you have insufficient current then you also will have build up causing cyno. Correct a few of these and it might clear up in a few weeks. It takes time and happens to the best of us. I had cyno for well over a month and just opened up my rock work and rode it out. If it starts covering your corals then you have to keep turky basting them off so they don't suffocate. It will go away.these are the 4 things to me that cause cyno:
    #1. tight rockwork.
    #2.overfeeding/underskimming
    #3.low flow.
    $4 tight rockwork.[yeh I know I said that]

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