Been battling dino's for a while now and just got a microscope, I believe it is ostreopsis, however, I am not fully sure since I am pretty inexperienced. I took multiple samples and they all look similar so I believe I only have a single strain outbreak. Help is appreciated, thank you in advance,
It is Osto
First- Check phosphates and nitrates to assure theyre not elevated.
Here is full program:
Prepare by starting with a water change and blow this stuff loose with a turkey baster and siphon up loose particles.
Turn lights off (at least white and run blue at 10-15%) for 5 days and at night dose 1ml of hydrogen peroxide per 10 gallons for all 5 nights. If you dont have light dependent coral- turn all lights off.
During the day dose 1ml of liquid bacteria (such as bacter 7) per 10 gallons.
Clean filters daily and DO NOT FEED CORAL FOODS OR ADD NOPOX as it is food for dinos.
Day 5,, you can start with blue lights - ramping up and work your white lights up slowly
I am at the end of my battle with ostreopsis. I caught it early and made sure my N03 and P04 were elevated. 10-15 N03 and 0.05 P04. Manual removal by siphoning and filtering through a sock, change filter socks daily, lower light intensity and photoperiod, and dose MB7. This all slowly took the numbers down. I hooked up an oversized UV just 2 days ago (only ran when lights were out) and I can’t hardly see them anymore, comfortable enough to start raising light intensity. IMO the most effective were raised nutrients and UV
Definitely ostreopsis. Definitely want to keep your NO3 and PO4 up (5-10 and 0.06-0.12 respectively). Avoid water changes, especially if you use a salt mix that is high in iron. The #1 way to get ostreopsis is to add a UV unit. Optimally it should be plumbed from and back to your display with a dedicated pump. UV should be 1 watt/3 gallons display volume (or bigger) and flow should be 1-3 times the display volume/hour. I prefer the lower end of that range.