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Old 12-15-2011, 02:45 AM   #1 
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cyanobacteria

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Seems like all 3 of my tanks now have this white slime on stuff and smells like a swamp.... I called my local Mand P fish store, and she said to use marycn. She said I was the 4 person who asked about it just today and that some think it may be coming from the tap. I do wipe what I can, but the sheen starts almost immediately on the surface of the betta tanks (5 gallon trying to cycle ) and my 45 now has it on my java moss > (this tank has been gong for about 10 years without a problem ) I did raise the flow on my small whisper filters( of my two 5 gallon) but do have a sponge baffle on them...
Anyone else have this crap, and how do you deal with it ??
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:24 PM   #2 
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Hello ??
Am I the only one to experience this ? Anyone out there ?? :)
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #3 
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It doesn't sound like cyanobacteria to me. What are your water parameters?

It honestly sounds like scum, which you can scoop out and improving water quality usually helps as well
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:33 PM   #4 
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All tested fine. I took in some of the stuff, which turns dark green and it is cyano.
Thanks .I know others on another thread talked about it,but I can't remember where it was. No problem. I found out that marycn does the job or double dosing with FlourishExcel.
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:31 AM   #5 
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I would prefer to total dark the tank for a few days and do a bunch of water changes. Cyanobacteria flourishes with high phosphates in your tank. I also recommend oxygenating it as well, as their photosynthetic parts are intolerant to oxygen.
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:37 AM   #6 
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HOw would you do that ?
I ddi read about peroxide and removed some moss and tried it. Pretty cool, nut I don't want to do that to the whole tank.
I am dong 50 % water changes every other day.... tired..... what I've read says really hard to get rid of that way ?. Appreciating your thoughts.
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It is VERY resilient. To total dark the tank just put some thick towels on the front and sides, only take it off to feed your fish and do water changes. Try bumping water changes to EVERYDAY to clear out the excess nutrients that they are using. Try to do this at night time if you can!

Using maracyn will kill them quickly because it is an antibiotic, but the method I describe above pretty much starves the cyanobacteria.

You can oxygenate your tank with a bubbler or turning up your filter.
Good luck!
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