Discussion in 'Algae' started by Slassco, Oct 27, 2014.
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LOL!! I got you!
Thanks all. I am going to go slow, try a few simple changes as mentioned here.
I guess after 20-25 years in the hobby it was bound to happen.
Just curious, other than a missed maintainance there have been no changes in over a year. Any chance my frozen food like larrys or prime reef cubes could have bought them in?
I post when I beat it, thanks all.
Please keep updating with what you try and your results. I am currently at a stalemate; not getting worse, not getting better.
I'm not sure what my next plan of attack is.
I have some now. I seem to get it every couple of weeks. I think it's from feeding my corals. I siphon it out and that last about 2 weeks. Clean my GFO.
What I'm worried about is I'm trying to redo my aquascape to accommodate my new corals. Going to use acrylic rods and whatnot. Once I get it in the tank and completed it won't be easy to move. Now I can move everything to clean
Do you have any plans to address your current rock when you are re-scaping? Like give it a brush and a SW rinse?
I'm going to try and eliminate the troublesome rocks in my system when I re-scape. We'll see how it works...
Yeah I usually do give a light brush. Right now I just have 2 large rocks and a couple small ones in my sump just to keep them alive. Going to use dry rock for re scape so will need to keep my 2 large rocks until my dry rocks seed.
I'll post a picture when I get home.
Sorry about your pain. I had Dino for over two months. Nothing I did seemed to work. But I finally rid myself of it.
Here's what works:
First and foremost know that not one technique will completely eradicate your problem. You need a multi pronged approach because there are different strains of Dino and some are more immune to certain tactics than others.
Here's what worked for me.
Over the course of a week I
Lowered my salinity to the lowest acceptable range.
Lowered temp to lowest acceptable range.
Elevate PH to 8.6
Elevate Magnesium levels.
During this week I skimmed pretty wet.
Also i had to cut off the dinos food source.
I Turned off all reactors and did zero water changes and added no trace elements.
I fed fish every 2 days in sparse amounts.
And turned the lights on only 4hrs a day.
After two weeks the Dino was visibly dying back but still there. So clearly this was effective but not 100%
Now that the enemy is week it was time for the final blow.
I did a full 3/day blackout. I wrapped my tank in thick black plastic bags.
And the secret weapon was unleashed.
Fauna Marin has a product called Ultra Algea X. During the blackout I dosed this into the sump. You have to remove all macro because this product kills all agae. Micro and macro alike. It is completely reef safe.
After the blackout I kept dosing the product for a week. It had killed the majority of the Dino but a few strands were clinging for life.
After the blackout I only allowed ambient room light into the tank for a day then only actinics for two days. Then full lights for 4 hrs a day. All while still dosing ultra algea x.
I am glad to say that I am a year Dino free. All thanks to this product and some diligent tactical warfare.
It can be done. Just stay the course.
The quest is a like walking on the edge of a sword. Stray but a little and it will fail.
With all due respect to the previous poster, I suspect the lights out regimen he describes would work without all the other fluff and all that other stuff combined would have no effect without the lights out.
I also suggest anyone that thinks they have dino go get a microscope and take a picture of the dino for identification. If its not a huge pain to eradicate, its probably not dino. The only sure way to ID dinoflagellates is with a microscope.
Good call Servillius. There is a member here who wants to see/ID all of our dinos.
I'm currently waiting to borrow a scope to get some pictures of the dinos.
Neat trick. When I had this problem I was able to hold my iPhone camera up tot he eyepice of my cheap microscope and get a great picture of the offending critter. The pic is in the other thread you refer to.
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