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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-20-2009, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning a Nano

Hey, I'm working with getting my Nano properly established... and in the process have had a small outbreak of cyanobacteria (BlueGreenAlgae).
I'm hoping someone else with a small tank (less than 7 gal) will be able to give me some advice on methods of cleaning/vacuuming.

Today I used my 10" tweezers to pluck out all of the BGA.
I also have a very small vacuum, the diameter of the chamber is probably 1"- 1 1/2", and the tubing to the collection bucket is 1/4". This vacuum doesn't work at all, the camber is so small the suction doesn't get going- but anything larger wouldn't fit around my hardscape and plants.

Let me hear your opinions!
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A turkey baster might work.
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Cyano usually breaks out in tanks that are above ideal temperatures. What's your aquarium's temperature?

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My temperature is 78-80, which as far as I know is appropriate for my flora & fauna.
I have 1 Pygmy puffer
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Hmm, all I can do is +1 the turkey baster.

Might be worth checking your existing thermometer against another one just to make sure it's accurate and your temp isn't up in the 80s. If you can get away with dropping it a couple of degrees, you might find a moral algae resistant tank.

And does the tank get any natural sunlight? That's another frequently contributing factor.

Other than that, not sure of what ideas I have. There may be chemical agents marketed to eliminate that kind of algae, but I'd avoid them if at all possible.

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