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How to get rid of cyanobacteria?

How do I get rid of cyanobacteria? It's been getting progressively worse, starting to grow in mats on my sand in my 10 gallon. It's also started to grow on my plants. What can I do about it?

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Antibiotics.
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I used Maracyn 1 to clean it out when I had it. I was new to aquariums and every one told me if I wiped it out with antibiotics it would just come back worse because I had something wrong with my water parms and I should fix that(there was nothing wrong)... I wiped it out with Maracyn and it's never come back(2+ years)... I think it's luck of the draw with blue green because its more likely just a matter of whether you get that bacteria in your tank or not.. so five days from now it can be all gone. i think it has a higher chance of coming in on new set ups with driftwood and othe pieces being added to water after being exposed to the air for a long time.


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I've been using N2o2 on mine and it works great.

Search the thread "N2o2 dip"

I can't take any credit. Another member pointed me to the thread and thankfully so!

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A week of dark works for me. After that im ok for a few months
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Maracyn and it can be expensive on big tanks. I wonder if Maracyn is light sensitive (I apply it when the lights go off). To avoid cross infection, wash your hands and equipments with antibiotic soap before you dip them on other tanks.


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