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PostSubject: Dinoflagellates   Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:39 pm

Dinoflagellates in the aquarium are a huge nuisance. Not only is it unsightly and smells, it has an ability to grow so fast it can smother corals. Combine its toxicity twards other reef inhabitants and you have yourself another really nasty intruder.

I am just going to cover a few basic methods people including myself have used to combat these invasive organisms.

!st off it has been noted that raising PH slowly in your aquarium can result in weakening the Dinos and allowing for an easier removal. Some people use Kalkwasser for this , as it raised PH and calcium, others use marketed buffers from seachem and kent amongst others. I have seen several of the mentioned work well when directions are followed for the product.

2nd nutrient export is always something to look into when the Dinos show up. Check your Nitrate and Phosphate and get them back to acceptable levels. Phosgaurd, GFO, Roa Phos, will all work for the phosphate issue and there are a number of Nitrate binders\means to extract nitrates from the water or a simple water change with RO water.

3rd remember that you will be needing more than the normal carbon load in the filter system as there will be toxins in the water from the break up and breakk down of the dinoflagellates. You may also notice lethargy and then ultimately death in the snail population that feed on the substance.

Another remedy that comes to mind is the Hydrogen Peroxide dosing. Normally when using H2O2 you would  do a dip of %70-%50 tank water and 30%-50% store bought hydrogen peroxide for a frag out of tank .For dinlos the method would be dosing about 1ml h2o2  per 10g to the tank directly. This should be done as a last measure and one must keep an eye on the more sensitive coral inhabitants as some may react negatively.

Unfortunately from what I have found there is no quick and easy way out of this one, it may take a week or two but in the end the battle can be won by taking some of these steps and a little perserverance.
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