Documenting my fight with Dino's

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So my PO4 was back down to .01 ppmand NO3 back down to 4 ppm. I had been daily dosing microbacter7, I'm going to stop that now. And go to the weekly dosing of the low system dose. I dosed 5ppm NO3 and .06ppm PO4. Will re-test tomorrow before I vacuum the sand.
 
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I’ve never used mb7. But some folks believe that was one of their main tools to fight off dinos. I would personally keep using it. I had to add phosphates every day when I was in my battle. When does your scope come in?
 
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So I wanted to vaccum the sand, which normally I would do this with a water change. But with dinos I obviously didn't want to do a water change. So I vacuumed the sand, with the water going into a 5 gallon bucket. When it was full, I took another 5 gallon bucket at dumped the water into it, filtering it through a 10 micron filter sock. I scrubbed the dinos off of the overflows and glass. And then put that 10 micron filter sock in my sump. I have 2 more for when they clog. Hoping to remove a lot of the dinos since they are stirred into the water column. I know this is not a permanent removal, but it should knock them back enough that the other methods finish them off.
 

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I apologize for the crappy video, but this is what I can see under the scope. Ant ideas?
Struggling a little with confirmation. Video is hard to capture I know. Can you use the zoom on your camera phone? I am leaning toward Amphidinium.
 
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I can’t play the video on my iPad. Likely someone on a PC can.
 

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This might help.

 
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Try turning down the light a little. Hard to say for sure but you may be right. Definitely can rule out ostreopsis and coolia by the movement. I have not seen amphidinium move that fast.

If you can get a better video post it in the Nuisance Algae forum and tag taricha.
 

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