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Old 12/11/2017, 07:29 AM   #26
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Thanks! Yes that is the dosage that I used. Hope to see improvement soon.


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Old 12/12/2017, 03:44 PM   #27
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i started my dose about 5 days ago, and i dont see any change in color. however you are right, running a filter sock which needs cleaned out every day.

Will post pics and updates in the weeks to come


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Old 12/12/2017, 06:02 PM   #28
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Still no signs of improvement in my tank


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Old 12/12/2017, 11:54 PM   #29
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Still no signs of improvement in my tank
If you are trying to put a band aid on a deep knife cut, it wont heal.

Do you know what your nitrate and phosphate levels are?

Nothing replaces proper water care.

This medicine works best on tanks with bryopsis and some GHA

Most cyano people use clean water to treat, and some prefer chemiclean.

You water looks like a high nitrate fish only tank with LR.

FWIW I have some BHA and the fluc didn't touch it.


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Old 12/13/2017, 06:17 AM   #30
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in my case, my tank did not have bryopsis and the fluconazole proved very effective. These pests, let’s call them that, are often indistinguishable from other similar looking algae/cyano pests and without the use of a microscope it would be difficult to confirm if two tanks have the same pest. In other words, your own experience shows that fluconazole is not a silver bullet treatment capable of eradicating any and all algae pests. Fortunately, it’s a low cost and safe anti-fungal medication and from my personal experience, I would not hesitate to try it on another tank with algae issues.

The best I can offer is to give it more time. Also keep focused on the reduction of excess nutrients as outy suggests. After I got myself into this mess, I got serious about my long standing goal of achieving and maintaining nitrate at around 5ppm and PO4 at around 0.03. I knew that if nitrate and PO4 remained high, the issue was no doubt going to return. In my case, the addition of a Pax-Bellum Cheato reactor after the treatment brought down PO4 levels quickly from 0.16~0.40 before to 0.01 within a couple of weeks. The nutrients are under better control now and algae still shows no signs of returning.

Good luck and I hope this helps!


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Old 12/13/2017, 07:44 PM   #31
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Fluconazole saved my reefing. It's worked miracles on three different tanks. I dose 200mg for every 10gal water for 5 days. I dosed my last tank for two days and the GHA was destroyed in 5 days.


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Old 12/13/2017, 07:46 PM   #32
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If you are trying to put a band aid on a deep knife cut, it wont heal.

Do you know what your nitrate and phosphate levels are?

Nothing replaces proper water care.

This medicine works best on tanks with bryopsis and some GHA

Most cyano people use clean water to treat, and some prefer chemiclean.

You water looks like a high nitrate fish only tank with LR.

FWIW I have some BHA and the fluc didn't touch it.

I had good luck with BHA but it took several weeks to get rid of. Much tougher than GHA.


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Old 12/14/2017, 12:19 PM   #33
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I had good luck with BHA but it took several weeks to get rid of. Much tougher than GHA.
Thanks.

I only get it when I rebuild my sand bed, which I just did.

I light dosed with fluc which cleared up most of the GHA.

I may try a regular dose


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Old 12/14/2017, 03:34 PM   #34
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Thanks.

I only get it when I rebuild my sand bed, which I just did.

I light dosed with fluc which cleared up most of the GHA.

I may try a regular dose
Or work on what the issue is that makes it recurring. No doubt everyone has once had a terrible story of cyano/GHA but once the tank gets established or back on a maintenance schedule, then tanks should NOT need to be dosed regularly.


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Old 12/14/2017, 08:48 PM   #35
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Day 22 Results

Here are the latest before/after photographs of the same rock work. You can see more detail in the rock than ever before. There was no manual cleaning of the rock whatsoever but there has always been a good amount of flow in the tank. Just can't say enough about how easy, effective and affordable this fluconazole treatment worked out.

Also want to mention again that PO4 and nitrates were both on the high side prior to the treatment and that is probably what caused the issue in the first place. Both PO4 and NO3 are in check now thanks to the addition of a cheato reactor right around the time this treatment started. I feel that the lower nutrients should help to keep the tank in check going forward.






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Or work on what the issue is that makes it recurring. .
I just rebuilt my DSB and did a total water change, so its normal to go through mini algae cycles.


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Here are the latest before/after photographs of the same rock work.
Looks good!


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Old 12/19/2017, 10:38 AM   #38
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No real change in my tank. Yes I most likely have high nutrients in my tank but I just want the brown stuff dead. I will work on the nutrients, but thought that I could eradicate this stuff first.


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Old 12/19/2017, 12:03 PM   #39
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No real change in my tank. Yes I most likely have high nutrients in my tank but I just want the brown stuff dead. I will work on the nutrients, but thought that I could eradicate this stuff first.
You will not see a change, its not a miracle drug. You need to correct issues first before usage.

If you don't bring nitrates and phosphates down, you will always have that.


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What kind of flow do you have in your tank? From the pictures you posted it is hard to tell. Have you tried blowing off manually with a power head? If you are winning in this battle, that algae or cyano should be easier to blow off your rockwork now.


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It is very easily removed. Practically falls right off. But reattaches itself. It has always been easily removed.

So yes I do understand I need to get my parameters in order. However, the premise was it would kill the cyano. Not it would kill the cyano only if the levels were just right. Obviously my premise was incorrect. And yes, based on the reading it seemed it would be a miracle drug. Obviously it is not. So, I am reporting my experience with it. I was going to begin working down my nutrients when I saw this thread and figured I’d give it a try first. I will give it another week then go back to working on nutrients. I am not doing both simultaneously in order that I can say what worked and what didn’t.


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Fluconazole might be capable of killing some forms of cyanobacteria. It seems to do so, at any rate. If so, dosing it properly should remove the cyanobacteria, at least temporarily. That should happen regardless of the tank's nutrient levels, although the pest might return more quickly with more food available.


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That was what I was expecting. Thanks Bertoni.


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We have been getting reports of cyano after treating with fluc. seems to be common.

It gave me a little while still in my system.

Little chemi clean and some 1/3 water changes and its gone


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Understanding whats going on in the biology will help with your problem.
Remember, algae take IN nutrients (the bad stuff we dont want). When you kill that algae (lights off, starve it, chemically break it down) it will release back INTO the water those same nutrients.

Since we are using fluconazole, which breaks down the cell walls of plants it will make it impossible for any future Hair Algea to grow back (long as fluconazole is in the water). This means your water is perfect condition for OTHER algea's to grow. This is why you see some people have crazy Cyno outbreaks afterwards. Also why you hear about how HA comes back after removing the fluconazole.

Key is to export all those EXTRA phosphates and nitrates (something you/we had a problem with in the first place since you/we had the hair algae outbreak in the first place).


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Agreed. But wanted to kill the stuff first. That isn’t happening for me. So now I will work on reducing nutrients


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Old 12/21/2017, 11:23 AM   #48
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Agreed. But wanted to kill the stuff first. That isnít happening for me. So now I will work on reducing nutrients
Its been 18days for me. Although my filter socks comes out green every other day... i still have TONS of hair algae left. This is definitely going to be an uphill battle


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