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Old 06/10/2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Allgae help

Tank has been up and running a couple months. Have about 20 snails and 1 damsel. Starting to get a covering of a reddish, purplish algae which I think is cyano. What steps should I take to keep under control.


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Old 06/10/2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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Suck out as much as you can with airline tubing & just ride it out, it is a common occurrence in new tanks & poses no serious threat to your tank's well being except that it's a bit ugly to look at, it will eventually subside on it's own unless your conditions remain favorable to the Cyano Bacteria, which seldom is the case.


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Old 06/10/2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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Check this out.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...highlight=cyno


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Old 06/10/2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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I was trying to suck it out but doesnt seem to come off to easy.


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Old 06/10/2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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what kind of water are you usig? tap or ro/di?


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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Old 06/10/2012, 06:06 PM   #7
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You should switch to RO/DI water asap, tap water can have contaminates that fuel Cyano Bacteria, in that case it would never go away.


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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as long as you use tap water you will have algae, buy a RO/DI unit


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:21 PM   #9
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any suggestions as to where and what to purchase


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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Just buy a 4 stage RO/DI unit with a 75gpd filmtec membrane, brand names mean nothing, it's all about the filters themselves, also add a flush valve kit, it will add years to your membranes life. I would search the web for the best price, including E-Bay, they can be purchased at practically every pet shop that carries saltwater fish, online or local.


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:29 PM   #11
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bulkreefsupply.com has good selection get a 5 stage system I suggest get your self a TDS meter as well


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:32 PM   #12
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yep BRS get atleast a 4-stage and get in-line TDS meter


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:34 PM   #13
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You do not need an extra carbon block, so the 5 stage unit is just a waste of $ in my opinion.


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Old 06/10/2012, 06:39 PM   #14
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Old 06/10/2012, 07:02 PM   #15
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I don't mean to play the Devil's advocate here, but there are plenty of threads where hobbyists are using RO/DI and still have problems with cynobacteria. I've been using tap water for almost 14 years now without any problems. You might want to check out that link that I posted earlier. There's no way that everyone was using tap water. At the very least, just make sure that your tap water can't be used first. It would be a damn shame to muck up RO/DI. GL.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...highlight=cyno

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/1/chemistry


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