Quoted from Chitownpinball:
LOL. No way I am spending that kind of dough on something that MIGHT work while I am out of town.
Also, Im a fresh water guy. Salt water is WAY too much work.
It's not that it might work, it does work. I've been running a controller for years and it's saved my ass quite a few times.
As for being too much work, that's not true at all. It takes me literally 5 minutes to set up the water changes for a month. About 5 minutes to change the filter socks once every week or so. Another 5 minutes to empty the skimmer cup every week and a minute or two to clean the glass.
Other than that, I test once every few weeks for Ca and Alk, which takes all of 5 minutes. All in all, under an hour a month is a good estimate.
Quoted from ralphs007:
A cyanobacteria outbreak,caused me to leave the hobby,close to 20 years ago! I had a 90 gallon reef tank,and I lost a ton of live corals corals,from the outbreak. I tried a ton of water changes,but I lost the battle.
The hardest part,was selling my clown fish,that I had for seven years. I miss the little guy.
Things have definitely changed in those 20 years. The hobby is light years away from where it was back then. Cyano is pretty easy to get rid of now with something like Chemiclean.