Multi colors in sandbed

Discussion in 'ID Help - Identify This' started by pitbull_nc, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    I have had this multicolor looking substance in my tank for some time. It mostly rests in only part of my sandbed which I have attached a pic of. I have a little bit of similar color on the back of my glass as well. Please help me identify this!

    water parameters:
    ph: 8.0
    ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 5ppm
     

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  2. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    Might be red slime/cyano. Low water flow, nitrates and phosphates help it's growth. If you want and if it bothers you could vacuum along the front part of the glass to get rid of it.
     
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    pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    is it something that is bad and I am investing in a powerhead so will that help it go away
     
  4. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
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    pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    I have a good venturi protein skimmer that is on at all times, I use ro water, and do do waterchanges weekly but I am investing in a powerhead. Thanx for all the help mike.
     
  6. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    no prob :)
     
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    pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    One more question? I dont have a siphon vacuum but if i do purchase one wont it take actual sand out of my tank if I vacuum the cyno out? I dont want to lose the sand that I do have in my tank.
     
  8. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    Not if you do it slowly. The sand will fall back to the bottom.
     




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