120g mix tank - getting back in the hobby

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Had to leave the tank for 2 weeks for the holidays - :( Now need to get lights figured out and powerheads. Thinking a 2nd Noopsyche K7 Pro II and two Nero 5 powerheads.
 
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Working on establishing a baseline of parameters
Temp is 78.8 (measured by Inkbird)
PH is 8.0 (API test kit)
ALK is 8.0 (Salifert kit)
Calcium 450 (Salifert kit)
 
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Hello,
It looks like I have joined the club...I think I have Dinoflagellates.
My tank is 120g, that I setup in Nov 2020, and it cycled in Jan 2021 (4 months ago). The tank as 4 fish (two clowns, one blenny and one Coral Beauty) and 4 coral frags (GPS, Chalice, Candy Cane, Monti S). The tank was started with dry rock. In February the LED lights (Noopsyche K7 Pro) we setup on their LSP/SPS settings. The filtration is primarily a skimmer in the sump. My LFS had advised me to dose Seachem Stability for three months after the tank cycling, so that stopped 2.5 weeks ago.
Approximately a week ago, I noticed an area 3" round of what I believe is Dinos on the rocks on the other side of the tank from the powerhead(brown stringy algea looking with bubbles that grows during the lighted period, and seems to shrink back over night). The area has grown about an inch in the last week. I added more movement in the tank with a IceCap Gyre 4K on the opposite end of the tank, and a Aqueon power head at the end nearest the dinos.
My tank have been running with Nitrates 0.0 and Phosphates 0.0. Calcium 460-480. Magnesium 1360. My testing is using Hanna UL Phosphate, rest is Salifert. (my testing confirmed by LFS every 2 weeks) My LFS has advised me to feed the fish more and more often to raise the phosphates. Nitrates are still 0. Phosphates have jumped from 0 on March 15, .20 on March 25, .42 on March 30 and today .31. LFS also recommended dosing Red Sea AB+ which started 3/28.
Having read maybe 100-150 posts and multiple threads on this site concerning Dinos, I am planning to start dosing Microbactor 7 or Vibrant (have both on hand) and dosing ESV B-Ionic Nitrate (picking up tomorrow).
Will be changing the tank to only blue light and less hours starting with tomorrows cycle.

What am I missing?
 
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The Dino battle continues..I am slowly getting my Nitrates and Phosphate numbers up - Nitrates tested as 3 last night using Nyos test. Phosphate tested .08 using Hanna. I am dosing DinoX every other night. ALK was 8.7 so dosed aiming to raise to 10. Calc is staying very high 490-480 and not moving. PH is right at 8. Trying to move this up a little per LFS recommendation and might start Kalkwasser in ATO soon.

The corals are not growing and if anything seem to be shrinking. Trumpet, Torch and Zoa frags.
 
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Well...apparently it was not dinos and in fact is Cyano. And the Lemon Peel Angelfish has been returned to the LFS...AFTER it ate my Candy Cane, Duncan and Zoa frag!!!
 
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Half the tank is "scaped" with broken and then glued Marco rock. The other side of the tank is next. GlueMaster thin glue and baking soda mixed with rock dust is working great.
 
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Water parameters - Temp 77.9, Salinity - 1.023, ALK 9.7 (Salifert), Nitrate 15 (Salifert), Calcium 465 (Salifert), Phosphates .09 (Hanna)
 
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