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Old 01-09-2017, 02:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks. Small tank is on 12 hours. I'm going to turn it off and let the plants fend for themselves until I get the Cyano under control there. The big tank has the 24/7 cycling and the t5 ten hours. CO2 is on 10 hours per day as well. I'll try to get an fts tonight but if not it will be Wednesday.
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Regardless weather you agree id reduce photo period

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Okay. Thank you. I will need to post a fts on Wednesday. The ten gallon light is one 12 hours per day. The 120 has the 24/7 cycling and the t5 is on 10 hours per day.
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Besides turning the lights off, some folks recommend covering the tank for a complete black out for several days. I think Tom Barr does. I am not suggesting it, just quoting what others recommend.

Fortunately, the algae outbreak in my new tank cleared up before I had to take drastic measures...

You will lick it, hang in there.
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I have no problem changing how long the lights are on. Here are some fts pictures. One is with both lights on and one with just the 24/7 on.
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Any other advice?
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Its been a week. What have you changed/done? Any improvement?

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I have cut the T5 and CO2 to four hours per day on the big tank. Did a 25% water change. There is some improvement but it is still there. I also thinned out the pants and cleaned off as much of the gunk as I could. Not growing as fast but still there. The small tank has not had light in a week and looks pretty good. The Rotala look great and the anubias still have some remnants but not bad.
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I turned the lights and co2 off completely this morning. Will it help to use a UV filter?
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My experience with Cyano

The first time I had it it came from where the substrate meets the glass then slowly made it's way on top of the substrate. I put tape around the bottom of the tank so you could not see where the the substrate from side on but you could still see the top of the substrate. This stopped the issue completely. Reason it appeared there was because the substrate was not all that breathable and did not allow water flow or oxygen which is where anaerobic bacteria thrives and all it needed was light. But I took it's light source away with the tape. It has never returned.

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This happened again in another tank but had gotten slightly out of control. Killed it with 3% hydrogen peroxide at 1ml per gallon. left for 24 hours then did large water change. you might get a very slight ammonia spike but it will correct itself in a couple of days. Followed by tape again.I should mention that cyano does not like white vinegar as like H202, vinegar is a oxidizer. You can dose your tank with white vinegar at 5mls per 50L daily and spot spray it on the cyano with a syringe when you dose it. Won't hurt the fish but don't do it long term as it will lower your PH slowly but surely. Once killed you can correct whatever started it. Even if you don't introduce it to your tank it can somehow induce itself if parameters are favourable for it to thrive. This is what I think anyway.
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