whats one these corals

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  1. mattlucero54

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    i can blow it off quiet easily but it comes back daily. its dark red brown strings. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Welcome to dinoflagellates my friend.
     
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    Yup, dinoflagellates.

    You don't look to have it too bad yet.

    Usually comes in when you have a nutrient imbalance (high NO3, lower PO4). It is photosynthetic, so you'll notice it when your lights are on as it tends to group up and spread out on surfaces.

    There are several ways to kick it or help reduce it; things I've done and had success with in the past are increasing PO4 to 0.5ppm, doing a 3 day lights out period (wrap your tank in black plastic bags and make sure no light gets in, corals will be fine), get something to out compete it like macro algae, or try dino x.
     
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    how did you go about raising your PO4. i tested no3 and its at 0.

    my tank is a 32 led biocube.
     
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    I dose monosodium phosphate, its a nutritional supplement you can get from amazon. One container will last me a lifetime, so if you're in the area feel free to stop by and pick some up.

    But before you try this, try doing a 3 day lights out cycle. That'll usually get rid of it before you need to go nuclear.
     
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    yeah i am on day 2 of a dark cycle. i read its also good to have more biodiversity. which mentioned pods. ive bought 2 bags of the pods from new wave and one online, but have yet to see a pod. my old tank had tons of pods i got from the rocks i bought. any idea where to get living pods that are already established?
     
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    Easier to see them when the lights are out and shine a light around the edges of the sump. They'll multiply pretty fast so if you can't find any after a couple weeks I'd be a little cautious of a different problem.
     
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    just doesnt seem like those bags pods are alive is what i was getting at.
     
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    Ahh, ya I couldn't speak to that... might be susceptible to shipping temps.
     

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