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Discussion in 'Beginning Reefers' started by Brian, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    This is a piece of coral that I used over 20 years ago, and has not been in the water since. In fact, my wife was using it as decoration. That pink stuff is very weird looking and just appeared a few days after I put it in the water. Do I need to scrub it off? 20170804_074443.jpg
     
  2. franklypre

    franklypre Member

    it's cyano, probably time to do a water change unless you are still cycling the system
     
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  3. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    It just did a water change of 10% three days ago. But I will do another one tomorrow just in case
     
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  4. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    Try increasing flow to the area, and siphon it out during water changes.
     
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  5. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I just did this, I turned a power head towards it, it immediately started peeling off and got sucked into the overflow. I don't believe it will make it through the socks in the sump, but it looks like it is working.
     
  6. franklypre

    franklypre Member

    manual removal works in the short term, but typically it will come back. Silicates and lack of flow are usually the culprit, that said there are many reasons bacteria can grow.
     
  7. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I had a problem in my nano when I was running one vortech. I added another one, and it went away after a month or two. Just don't let it build up on corals, and you should be fine. It is probably stuff leaching out of that rock, especially if it's just been sitting around for 20 years. Should eventually go away.
     
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  8. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I think I need another power head, the tank is five foot wide and there is no where to place it to make sure it has good water circulation in all areas
     
  9. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    It's 5 feet and only 1 powerhead? I'd say you need at least 1 nice and powerful one on each end. Mine is 4' and I have the output split in the center then a gyre on one end, an MP10 on the other and another one aimed down the back of the rock. All on various programs so it's not just blasting one direction constantly.
     
  10. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I get the wave pattern. I put mine on random. I just didn't know I needed two. I do now.
     
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  11. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    I don't think every tank needs two, just depends on the size of tank and size of pump. The gyres are pretty dang powerful and you might be able to get away with one of the bigger models. I know mine is just a 130 (now the 230) and it packs quite a punch. You can see it move the water completely to the other side, hit the wall and wrap under and return. It's really cool to release a pinch of flakes in the flow.

    I like the gyre because of this. I think John uses Tunze and Doc uses MP40 ... all have their place I think. Just depends on what you need.
     
  12. franklypre

    franklypre Member

    that constant undertow flow is good but random flow typically requires two powerheads
     
  13. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    my fish wont eat unless I push the feed button on the controller and shut the power head off. I have watched them, they wont even go after the food.
     
  14. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    You can alternate flow with the gyre. You can make it pulse or rotate from forward flow to reverse ... I'm sure there is more you can do with it but I just have mine reverse every 30 seconds.
     
  15. SilentReefer

    SilentReefer Active Member

    Jebao/jecod, no need to spend big money.
     
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  16. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I got an open box Jebao on ebay, put it on the other side of the tank, and took a toothbrush to the nasty stuff, it has not come back. I am dealing with more conventional stuff now, algeas. To much of one, not enough of the other. Snails and crabs that are picky about what they want to eat.
     
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  17. SilentReefer

    SilentReefer Active Member

    As I'm sure your aware, algae is a "normal," problem. If it's overwhelming, you might try Vibrant. I've not personally used it, but lots of positive reviews on R2R.
     

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