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Hello all. I've been battling a Dino outbreak on my take for the past month and have been reading an obscene amount on it, however I still need advice on how to get rid of it. Tank is 15gal with HOB filter and is approx 4mo's old. Phosphates and Nitrates both bottomed out so I started heavy feeding and wasn't able to get Nitrates to a detectable level. Po4 finally got to .03 so started dosing NeoNitro and finally have nitrates to 5ppm. I also setup a UV filter which has been running past 24hrs.

I don't have a microscope so I don't know exactly what type I'm dealing with. Given that levels are finally detectable and coupled with the fact I'm running UV, how long would I expect it to take before dino's started disappearing if I'm addressing the problem? I've read that its also expected with newer tanks and to let it run its course, but wouldn't want it smother what few frags I do have.

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phosphates: Hanna ULR
Nitrates- Salifert

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Been out of the hobby for about 10 years so its been fun getting back in and catching up on all that I've missed.

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1 clown
1 flasher wrasse
 
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Dose microbacter 7, dim the lights for a week and only use blue lights. Keep nutrients higher and clean out filter socks / pads daily. I think this will help speed up getting rid of Dino’s , it’s what I did and it took a week for Dino’s to start to become defeated (still some in tank but less everyday)
 
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Dose microbacter 7, dim the lights for a week and only use blue lights. Keep nutrients higher and clean out filter socks / pads daily. I think this will help speed up getting rid of Dino’s , it’s what I did and it took a week for Dino’s to start to become defeated (still some in tank but less everyday)
thanks for the advice dvgyfresh. I've been dosing microbacter7 once a week for the past month (should this be more frequent) and dimmed the lights to primarily just blues. Was thinking of doing a blackout for 3'ish days since they are significantly reduced every morning. Problem is they're back so fast so not sure a blackout would contribute anything longer term.
 

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Hey there, I am dealing with them on my tank I recently set up. I've dealt with them a lot in the past.
They make hang on back refugiums and if you can get one of those I think it would make your battle a lot easier.
Run that fuge light around the clock, order a few types of macroalgae and throw them in there.
And if you do this get rid of the UV, dont give your tank any pods or feed live pods anytime soon. Do not dose vodka or similar product by any means.
Fuge makes this easier but if you dont have one throw the algae in the display. It wont hurt anything. Let it grow, itll be ugly but once it takes hold the dinos will be gone and never come back. CUC to keep the algae at bay.
PO4 should be safe to lower in the future, just dont let it 0 completely. Even SPS will show great growth around .3-.5
Careful dumping different things in your tank, I have seen these become impossible to fight for people and its probably because some of that stuff kills off all the dinos competition.
 

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thanks for the advice dvgyfresh. I've been dosing microbacter7 once a week for the past month (should this be more frequent) and dimmed the lights to primarily just blues. Was thinking of doing a blackout for 3'ish days since they are significantly reduced every morning. Problem is they're back so fast so not sure a blackout would contribute anything longer term.
Yes Dino’s are photosynthetic so lights will help their growth , a blackout coupled with UV does a lot to limit / kill them problem is how many corals/ anemones you have a 3 day would be fine tho, I dosed microbacter 7 and neonitrate daily to help bring competition to the Dino’s
 
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