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Old 09-04-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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Dinoflagellates

Ok combine a really hot summer, a new tank and 2 power outages and what I'm left with is a brutal outbreak of Dinoflagellates in my 30 gallon nano. I've been fighting it for a couple of weeks but this stuff is brutal. I do a 10 gallon water change and suck as much out as possible and the next day my tank is covered again.

Anyone ever deal with this before? Advice? I'm reading lots of "tear your tank down" online but I'm hoping there is an easier solution...

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Old 09-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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I'm in the middle of a battle as well, see my thread. So far ive removed my CUC and corals, blackout for 3 days, added increased Nitrate and phosphate filtration and used a veterinarian anti- bacterial for Dino's. Sadly I have to leave for a week so I'm hoping to keep it at bay until I return. At that time I think I'll have to tear it down.
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ohhhh thats not good news. Tear down eh. Good think my tank is all of 3 months old and only has a couple of coral.

What would you do with your live rock? Boil?
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I havnt had had to deal with this issue thankfully. But what I've read, remove all snails, siphon out what you can, run GFO or other phosphate reducer, run larger amounts of activated carbon, shorter photoperiod, and raise ph.

No single method will work. You will need to do most if not all of the above.
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I've heard if its the nontoxic form raising and maintaining elevated ph works. I also found this article from advaq.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/blog...sons-i-learned

And heres one groom reef keeping.

www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-11/rhf/
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ohhhh thats not good news. Tear down eh. Good think my tank is all of 3 months old and only has a couple of coral.

What would you do with your live rock? Boil?
Don't ever boil live rock. You never know what's living on or in it and whether its poisonous or not. The last thing you need is poison gas in your kitchen
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lol good advice, stay away from boiling. I'll bbq it...
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I've done everything except raise Ph and dose peroxide. I think I'll scrub and fresh water rinse my live rock and seriously siphon the sand. When I put it back I'm expecting a mini- cycle so I'll test and see how things go before re-stocking it.
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I think i'm winning the battle! Did a 20 gallon water change (30 gallon tank) where I sucked out almost all the snot. Then I cranked my ph up by overdosing sodium bicarbonate (I think that's what its called, aka soda ash) and have blacked out the tank since Friday. NOT a TRACE of the stuff today. Tank is totally clean and the sand is totally white.

I'm scared to turn the lights back on now though...
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Unsure what spectrums if any affect dinoflagellate but if you can do blue/actinic lights only start with that.
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