Will chemiclean kill MY tank if used wrongly?

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  1. punisher101

    punisher101 Astrea Snail

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    Will chemiclean kill MY tank if used wrongly? i heard this from some but im not sure if that is correct .
     
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  3. reefmonkey

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    I don't know, I've never used chemicals. IMO they are just a band-aid. You need to find the source of your cyano problem and fix that. i.e. flow, excess nutrients, overfeeding, poor maintenance habits. etc.
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It's best to follow the instructions on the package. If you do, you should have no problems.
     
  5. punisher101

    punisher101 Astrea Snail

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    thx you so far for the help.
     
  6. reefmonkey

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    LOL! It must be nice having the ability to completely change a post w/o even an edit tag showing!! MOD POWERS ACTIVATE! nice.;D;)
     
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Shhhhhhhhh!!!!
     
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  9. reefmonkey

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    You're secret is safe.;) LOL
     
  10. MoJoe

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    I fought red slime for about 2 months. I had bought Chemi Clean initially to dose but hesitated. I then started taking the advice of other reefers and began figuring out what the source of the nutrients that was fueling the cyano was. I was able to successfully get rid of all red slime and now that my nutrients are in check I don't believe it will ever return.

    Dosing chemicals is like someone already mentioned, a "band aid". You will get much better piece of mind when you find out what is the cause of the cyano and along the way you will gain better tank husbandry IMO.

    Here are a few things I did to rid myself of the red slime:

    - use RO/DI water only, that tests at 0 TDS
    - cut back on your feeding, I went from once a day to every other day
    - rinse any frozen foods prior to feeding (in RO water if you can)
    - ramp up circulation in any dead areas of the tank
    - pick out any clumps of red slime you can, use baster/siphon/tongs
    - double your water changes to keep Nitrate down
    - clean out all powerheads/skimmer/filters etc.
    - make sure your bulbs are still good
    - make sure your tank isn't overstocked
    - run a phosphate remover (I use a reactor with Chemi Pure Elite)

    It seems like a lot of work, but it's much better getting rid of it naturally then wondering when it may come back if you dose with chemicals.

    Lastly, yes if Chemi-Clean is doses incorrectly it could crash your tank.

    best of luck!
     
  11. blackraven1425

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    It's not a secret; I do it all the time. Just keep the tab open after you post, and change it within 2-3 minutes.
     
  12. punisher101

    punisher101 Astrea Snail

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    Thank joe for the detail help i really appreciated.