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Damo666

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Hello all. Name is Damo, been in the salty world since Christmas. Previously dabbled in everything freshwater since my teens, laterally fully planted discus set up. Been a fan of another forum, but that's gone right the pan lately. So I'm off to put my first give me help post now as I'm struggling to sort cyanobacteria.

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Welcome to reef face Damo
From looking on your other post everything looks good whereabouts is the Cyano.


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hi Mr tap water. Mostly on the sand. If I leave a few days it looks far worse than in the attached picture

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Hi there
Are you using any Carbon dosing by any chance also can you tell me is your No3 and Phos readings if out of balance maybe one reason why are you have it and what is the flow like around that area if there is not enough it can course dead spot allowing nutrients to build up which can sometimes spark this off.
these are just a few possibilities.

Also there are product on the market which is meant to get rid of this to if you donโ€™t mind using chemicals.


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Right......carbon dosing, no. I've been researching vodka dosing and was thinking about starting it but the cyano arrived. If I do have dead spots, inevitable with my rockwork I guess, they're not across the sanded in the front where I'm getting all the red algae, the by-product of the cyano's activity. I've been watching what the food gets up to and there's plenty of flow there. I may have to go down the route of a treatment as I've damaged my back and I'm not going to be able to keep on clearing it and 4x weekly water changes. I've been told that a nitrate reading of 10 and zero phosphate isn't good. One product mentioned to me was Mycosidol, but don't know much about it yet. Any suggestions on best treatment welcome. Thanks

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@Dj23bol said he had a good success rate with a product he used and might be able to help you l personally canโ€™t remember what used.
On the other hand it may be worth trying to get your phos levels up slightly and see if that works for you first.


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I'm working on the phosphate and the fish are loving all that extra food lol ๐Ÿ˜

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Yeah I've used a cyanobacteria remover a couple of times and it worked like it stated on the packet however I found it returned after about 6months, i don't know if this was down to it just being masked by the chemical or my bad husbandry, what I've learn from weeks and weeks or researching is one of the main factors of cyanos appearance is an unbalance between your nitrates and phosphates when I got on top of this and kept them within a good ratio it never returned.

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It was ultralife redslime remover I used

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Thanks, much appreciated. Now all I have to find out is what is actually looked upon as being a good balance between these two waste products. Plenty of posts regarding cyno mention an imbalance between nitrate and phosphate being a cause but none indicate what is a good balance. More importantly I guess is once at a "good balance" knowing how to stay there maintaining stability. I do understand there's no definitive answer as everyone's tank is a unique biotope and as such will behave differently. If I'd been told six months ago that i would be trying to raise my phosphate level I'd have laughed at that advice.

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How are you getting on with this pal ? Any change since your last post?

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Welcome to the salty forum let us know how you get on.

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Not alot to report tbh. phosphate still low, cyano may be slowing down a little (I hope). Mr Dave, that green skimmate has returned back to it's week tea colour so not sure what's going on there. Thanks for the welcome tiger tank, hello to you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Welcome to the forum! I hope you like your stay!

-Kamran

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Also when I had it the last time I bought a blue cheek goby and he cleaned the sand so good the cyano never came back. He was a top little worker

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