Cdav929 Posted February 24, 2021 Share Posted February 24, 2021 Hello I’m currently starting to try and get rid of dinoflagellates that showed up in my tank last weekend. I have a evo 13.5 that’s two months old that was started with aquacultured live rock / sand. I’ve been running chemipure elite and Purigen with weekly 30% water changes since the beginning and since last month my nitrates look to be at 0 according to API test (but hard to tell between 0-5 with that kit). So I’m guessing with only one feeding a day and just two fish - my nutrient levels in the tank were not sufficient to support the bacteria that keeps the Dino at bay and the Dino was able to out compete them. so plan going forward: 1. Swap out chemipure elite for regular carbon to get rid of the phosphate removing element 2. Up feedings to twice a day to boost nitrate/phosphate level 3. Stop water changes until I see improvement 4. Reduce lighting schedule from 8hrs/day full intensity to 5 hrs/day — lots of corals so I don’t want to do a blackout 5. Perform daily rock blasting with baster and toothbrush scrub to get dinos into water column 6. While they are in the water column dose with hydrogen peroxide 7. A few hours later change out filter floss as it hopefully caught some dinos from rock scrub 8. Use Dr. Tim’s refresh and waste away to add bacteria that will outcompete dinos 9. Install protein skimmer to complete the refresh/waste away steps (and help with oxygenation) —- this one was a tough sell for me because the nature of protein skimmers is to reduce nutrients 10. Find other ways to increase biodiversity like adding more pods, phytoplankton 11. Possibly dose liquid nitrate and/or phosphate if I can’t get levels up. Better checkers coming in mail tomorrow. 11. If all above fails use the nuclear option of DinoX if anyone else has something that they have tried and worked on nano tanks I’d love to hear about it. It’s only been visible for a few days but already it’s growing on zoas and keeping them fro opening. I haven’t ID’d the exact type of Dino as I figured all the steps above would hopefully take care of any of them. They are snotty and bubbly so not anything else like cyano. also - does anyone know if there would be a problem dosing the dr.Tim’s refresh/waste away and hydrogen peroxide at the same time? thanks for any input Quote Link to comment
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.