Bryopsis Cure: My Battle With Bryopsis Using Fluconazole

Did Fluconazole Kill all of your Bryopsis?

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  • I'm treating my tank with it now.

  • I love Bryopsis and I'm mad that everyone is killing it.


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fishybizzness

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This is a screenshot of the section on skimming during treatment from a thread by @NCreefguy on r2r. Apparently from what I've researched, the skimmer removes the meds and possibly makes the treatment less effective. I was not willing to take that chance so I just kept my skimmer off for the first 2 weeks. Imho, I saw no negative effects. If anything, the corals looked better from the extra nutrients I would guess.
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I have a problem with Bryopsis, had it before Xmas and it was rampant in the tank. Used Reef Flux and it cleared most of it up.
However I was ill just after Xmas and spent a long time in hospital and recovering. When I got to clean the tank out I found a tiny clump on the side of a frag and stupidly just plucked it off. It's now grown back with a vengeance and covers the back walls and sides of the tank.
I was unable to get Reef Flux again so bought Flux RX, followed instructions but it's been over 8 weeks and it's not killing it.
My Nitrates and Phosphates are 0 and always have been so havnt a clue how this stuff is growing so fast.

Attached pre Xmas photo.

Anyone successfully used Flux RX? I have some more Reef Flux being delivered shortly.

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I haven't read the full 274 pages of this thread, but I have a few questions

Has anyone run this for much longer than 3 weeks? I don't know if it would be needed, but would it hurt anything to run for say 6-8 weeks if needed?

The original post mentioned running 5-20% long term. Has anyone tried this? and if so, can you use your skimmer normally?

Whats the best way to remove the released nutrients from treatment if the skimmer can't be used?
 

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I've left my skimmer cup off for a bit longer, started the Reef Flux on Saturday and put cup back on today. Fish and corals and anemones are all looking fine, a couple of the snails looking a bit like they can't be bothered though.
I did a 35% water change Saturday and started the Reef Flux, supposed to have still had Flux RX in the system prior to this but it did nothing for 8 weeks
 

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ohh boy, i have read all pages:)) Still cant get a final conclusion in regards of the bad effect on SPS. Mixed reviews here.. My tank is 99% SPS with few LPS ,just cant make up my mind.. Maybe some one with full SPS tank can help me decide :))

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Hello
I’ve been fighting algae for a good while now, and decided to try the fluconazole method. Not sure what exact type of algae I have, but it grows 2 - 3” long and green, so maybe it’s GHA? Whether it’s bryopsis or GHA, I’m leaving the meds in for 4 weeks. I have an 80 gallon display, so put 2,000 mg of fluconazole from Thomas labs. They were in pill form, so I crushed them and added them to a cup full of tank water. I put a small pump in the cup and let it run 5 minutes to mix it well. I’m very curious to see how this stuff works.
 

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I used 1.5x the recommended dose first time. it didn't start working till 3rd week. did 20% water change but added 20% of my original dosage and ran it for 2 more weeks, so 5 weeks in total. it seemingly died down. but from the darkened blemish spots where bryopsis died, they came back. So I'm doing the dosing again. in the third week of treatment, bryopsis is growing in new spots. This is getting to be insane.
 
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I used 1.5x the recommended dose first time. it didn't start working till 3rd week. did 20% water change but added 20% of my original dosage and ran it for 2 more weeks, so 5 weeks in total. it seemingly died down. but from the darkened blemish spots where bryopsis died, they came back. So I'm doing the dosing again. in the third week of treatment, bryopsis is growing in new spots. This is getting to be insane.
Are you positive it's bryopsis? Are you skimming during treatment?
 

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has anyone used fluconazole with red hair algae. i have been battling this for a couple of months now and this would be my last resort. could anyone please key in and advise if it would help. i have attached 2 photos for reference.

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I am in need of entitlement. Why do we turn off the ATS when treating? Won't the water going through ATS carry Flucanazole and kill bryo cells?

Question for reefers that took ATS offline for the treatment. ATS takes 6 weeks to fully seed after, combined with 2-3 weeks of Flucanazole treatment, that's 9 weeks without ATS. What did you do in systems that heavily depend on ATS for nutrient export.
 

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Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a firm believer in this product ! Reef Flux has completely evaporated any high amount of Bryopsis in my tank. In 2 weeks this completely eradicated any form for bryopsis.

As all may know, this does not work on slime or hair algae. As in the process green slime did grow and film algea on glass.

I’m happy to say I will be doing 1 more run of reef flux just to make sure all bryopsis babies ! Are dead and will no longer grow with vengeance.
 
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