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I had a similar algae bloom when I turned my lights on, in a bare bottom dry rock tank. That was following the BRS/WWC 4 month cycle.

How long did yours last for? This is going on about a week.
I guess it could be worse. There are no dinos, no cyano, no GHA waving in the flow.
 
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How long did yours last for? This is going on about a week.
I guess it could be worse. There are no dinos, no cyano, no GHA waving in the flow.
It won’t subside until you get a UV. At least mine did not.

What setting are your lights at?
 

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It won’t subside until you get a UV. At least mine did not.
You weren't kidding about the UV. Finally* got one installed and turned it on this morning. Holy cowfish the tank is already nearly clear; it's only been running about 10 hours!

I still don't have a speck of GHA. There's a biofilm, fish are all doing fine, diatom bloom came and went, and I can see pods. Is it possible that I just didn't introduce any GHA spores, or the few that were in fish poop got out-competed by the phyto and heterotrophic bacteria? Or is the lack of GHA a bad sign and I'm about to see more dinos than Jurassic Park?

* Pentair was tripping GFCI because of a bad ballast. Seems like a common problem. BRS wouldn't let me return it because I was outside the return window. Ended up replacing it with a LifeGuard Aquatics 40W which looks and feels better built (not just a giant black tube, but a really solid unit with an attractive ocean-like color). And Pentair is replacing the bad ballast, so I might end up with a backup UV.
 
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GHA will come. You just wait. :D
Looking forward to it!

Make sure you have detectable nitrates and phosphates. That will keep dinos away. UV will help with certain kinds of dinos.
Thanks! They were 0 last time I checked, but probably they were bound up in the phyto, so now that it's been UVed away maybe they will start coming back.
 
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