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Using ChemiClean in a Five Gallon Reef?


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I have a pretty bad cyano outbreak that won't go away, I think I want to try ChemiClean; I have heard really great things about it. I want to know if any one has had experience with ChemiClean in a pico reef before. I am worried about it depleting oxygen in my tank and other adverse affects.

 

Thank you for your help!

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I have used chemiclean in many tanks with the smallest being 10 gallons. The stuff works great just maybe throw an air stone in the tank or point your powerheads towards the surface during treatment! Otherwise you should be fine!

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Yes. Air stone is key along with making sure you don't over dose your tank. I spent a good amount of time researching chemi clean and Red Slime Remover before I decided to use it because there are some terrible horror stories online of people reporting everything dying off, etc. LFS recommended RSR over chemi clean simply because that's the one the guy used and had success with. So I went with that. At the end of the day everyone who posted about having issues either didn't use an air stone (which resulted in dissolved oxygen depletion and livestock death) or dosed over the recommended amount. To be safe I actually used 3/4 the recommended dose for my tank and it ended up being enough. Everything survived and I haven't seen an ounce of cyano since. Good luck OP.

 

Oh, and the yelllow tinge the water takes on when you add it is frightening at first! But it clears up eventually.

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Yes. Air stone is key along with making sure you don't over dose your tank. I spent a good amount of time researching chemi clean and Red Slime Remover before I decided to use it because there are some terrible horror stories online of people reporting everything dying off, etc. LFS recommended RSR over chemi clean simply because that's the one the guy used and had success with. So I went with that. At the end of the day everyone who posted about having issues either didn't use an air stone (which resulted in dissolved oxygen depletion and livestock death) or dosed over the recommended amount. To be safe I actually used 3/4 the recommended dose for my tank and it ended up being enough. Everything survived and I haven't seen an ounce of cyano since. Good luck OP.

 

Oh, and the yelllow tinge the water takes on when you add it is frightening at first! But it clears up eventually.

 

Thank you for the advice. My power head is point at an angle to the surface and causes a lot of movement at the surface. Would you still say I need an air stone though? (It causes more disruption than an air stone

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Fishgirl2393

I would use an airstone as well as the powerheads. You don't want hypoxia issues. It does work though. I've used it two times and it worked both times. However, I don't like using it (because I'm always scared the corals are going to die!).

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I think you would be taking a gamble without an air stone OP. I didn't have one when I needed to use it. They are like $20. Compare that cost to the cost of your livestock in the tank. To me it wasn't worth the risk. Get an air stone. They come in handy anyway. I usually drop my air stone in my weekly water change bucket while the salt mixes to boost ph.

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