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Dino or diatom?
So as some know I have some problem with my tank. It was brought to my attention it might be dino. I got some pictures of the rock and everything. If it is just a diatom then I don't have a clue to what killed my snails and coral. any help would be great. Thanks.
Also there are stringy things on my return. What is that?
That is not a diatom my friend. You have some serious algae combination's there. The red slime and bubbles are cyno, and the green stringy stuff is just hair algae. I would consider the life of your bulbs and if they need to be changed. Also, raise the alkalinity to 12 to 14 DKH and increase water flow until the cyno goes away. Whatever you do, do NOT pop the bubbles or attempt to siphon the bubbles out. This is going to take some time.
Is there an animal I can put in to take care of this?
Also there aren't any bubbles. There was cyano that made bubble but it hasn't made bubbles in a long time. Should I some how restart the tank somehow? Also my GSP showed up again so that is a good sign, also that the tank is clearing up
if it's not red algae and you have bubbles on the brown stuff it's Dinoflagellates. to treat it turn off lights for 3 to 4 days and it will all die off. you may have to lights off again like a week later to get the remainding leftovers. luckly enough you don't have too much corals and even if you did you could lights off for 3 days. i did that on a sps tank with no problems, just slowly acclimate corals to light using shorten light period and lengthen over time. Dinoflagellates will kill snails and hermit crabs so it kinda sounds like thats what you have.
ok thanks. I alos have this Kent Marine Rock Prep stuff, would that work to get it off or should I just blackout?
i've blacked out for 3 days on my sps tank and it was all gone without using anything. now this is assuming its dingo's. let us know what you chose to use and how it worked so others can benefit from experiences.btw dingo's won't kill corals fast anyways, so there might be other issues in your tank. check your parameters as well as salinity. you might want to do a water change too but after you do the lights out solution so you can get the dead stuff out.
Tomorrow I'll start a black out and see if I can get the rock that has alot of stuff on and and scrub it. Then wait a few days and I will post my results.
Thanks for the help
In terms of permanent battle against cyno, I have always found increasing alkalinity and water flow to be effective. This is the direction I was headed on my first post.
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