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  1. Update: The tank is still doing well and still NO DINOFLAGELLATES (thank goodness)! Both fish are doing well. I've been trying to get a good picture of my very shy starry blenny, Van Gogh, but he is not cooperating! Corals are doing well also. I'm still dosing peroxide (not every day though) and things are looking good. The hair algae is almost gone now (only tiny areas instead of the one rock that was pretty badly affected before).
  2. As promised, here are some pics. Some of the corals are not fully open right now (were fed and are partially closed now) but oh well. I will try to get a picture of my starry blenny as soon as I can (he is shy). My next "project" is to get rid of the aiptasia in the tank (they have not spread but obviously haven't gone away either) but I wanted to get rid of the dinoflagellates first (which I seem to have done now). Here is the tank (with Calypso visible but not van Gogh) Here is my gorgonian, which is doing well(this is the rock with some hair algae although it is getting better) Here is the hammer (you can't really tell right now but it has two mouths and is starting to split) Here is my micromussa (it is doing great) The tank is not very stocked right now and I am deciding what "way" I want to go with it. It has mostly softies (kenya trees, zoas, clove polyps, mushrooms, gorgonian, etc.) and LPS (hammer, micromussa, acan, etc.) and I am considering going this route but also having some macroalgae as well (and more gorgonians, mushrooms, etc.).
  3. I just did a water change (2 gallons with distilled water, as usual) and discovered that my hammer coral is splitting (has 2 mouths and is more elongate). In addition, all other corals look great! Will post pics soon (hopefully tomorrow).
  4. Thanks! I've been on here but not posting much lately. I've certainly been following your tank and upgrade! It looks great!
  5. You know, whatever works works. I know tap water is not a good idea long-term (and I cringe every time I use it because I know what can be in it) which is why I'm looking at other options. We have a member of our reef club who is truly an expert (DVM and PhD) and he said he thinks that with dinoflagellates (which he has battled, as I said above) it is about something being out of balance (and NOT just "excess of nutrients") in the ecosystem (probably bacterial he thinks). He has noticed that in nutrient-deficient tanks, dinoflagellates tend to take over if they get introduced and that the only way to battle them is basically what I have done (H2O2 to kill the dinos, probiotic to out-compete the dinos, and adding some nutrients through some method be it adding them via dosing specific ones or whatever to help the other bacteria flourish). I may look into RO/DI water instead of distilled or I may SLOWLY go back to distilled. I am NOT sticking with tap water long-term though. However some people on here have used tap-water to add nutrients to a nutrient-poor tank (when new or just too low nutrient and the corals start not doing well) so it can work if you are careful.
  6. So, since I last updated, the slimy stuff came back with a vengeance and I was almost ready to re-start the tank. But after talking with another member of our reef club who has battled dinoflagellates before, I tried H2O2 dosing (by itself it helped but did not completely get rid of the stuff), dosing a probiotic (Dr. Tim's EcoBalance, which also did not work by itself), added AquaVitro Purfiltrum, and also did one other thing (below) that I was simply SHOCKED that it worked (in combination with the other things listed above). I started using dechlorinated tap water to top-off the tank (not for water changes!). For some reason (I think my nutrients were out of balance some how from using the store-bought distilled water), this completely got rid of the nasty slime (almost positive it was dinoflagellates of some species) and it has NOT come back (going on a month now). It was kind of amazing. I am looking at getting some sort of tap water filter to remove MOST of the bad stuff in it but not all (I tested our water and found it is not that high in nutrients to begin with) so that I can keep most of the other algae types from thriving. I added a Starry Blenny (van Gogh) a few weeks ago and it has helped a lot with keeping hair algae in check (I had a tiny amount on one rock but he has mostly picked it off now). Corals still look good. Will post pictures as soon as I can.
  7. I have this fixture on my 20-gallon tank and my LPS are doing great. I've seen others grow "easy" SPS up high with this as well. It works well and I've had it around a year now. In fact, mine is only set at around 75% white and 80% blue because when it was higher, I was seeing signs that some corals were getting too much light.
  8. That is through the tiny microscope lens with an iPhone! Like I said, I'm going to try to get better microscope pics. These were under a very basic Tasco scope (and those scopes are terrible!)
  9. Hello all. My reef tank has been plagued with this "stuff" for a while now. I have done all sorts of things. Treated with ChemiClean, 3-day blackout, increased water changes, decreased water changes, added phosphate remover, added carbon, increased protein skimming, reduced lights, spot-treated with peroxide (outside the tank), etc. It won't go away. I recently removed my substrate because it seemed to be making matters worse. The "stuff" is better now, but still not gone. It forms a slime that is brownish-yellow. Not many (if any) air bubbles trapped but really fast growing. Any suggestions? The pictures are (supposedly) at 200x (the reason I say supposedly is because this microscope is really not good). Where I work has a good microscope and I may take a sample of this mess in a few days to get a better look but these are all I have currently. What is it?
  10. So, I've battled the whatever it is (I REALLY think it is dinoflagellates because of the way it looks when it grows but I don't know for sure) and right now, things look good. I did a water change and, with the water to be discarded, took the slime-covered rocks and scrubbed them off. They now look really good and I hope they stay that way. I also have removed a significant amount of my substrate (over time so I don't shock the system) and that seems to have helped as well. I have gotten some new corals lately including a rainbow acan, hammer, duncan, and micromussa. The corals are all doing good (I've had the duncan and hammer for a few months now since I got them before my last post). I will post pics as soon as I can.