Using Dino X (Ultra Algea X) to solve GHA

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  1. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! The tank is roughly 18 months old and I did not use live rock, just ceramic rock. The manufacturer (Aquaroche) guarantees that there are no phosphates in the ceramics so I can't see why could they be an issue...? Maybe having a too small cleanup crew allowed detritus to accumulate on the surface...?
     

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    Any Algae scrubber used. Trying to do algae control with just chemicals does not get the the root of the problem. Excessive phosphate available in the water. Just test may say zero. But the algae is taking up the Phosphate from the water so fast you can never measure it.
     
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    Just get a few 2 dollar bottles of hydrogen peroxide and spray the rocks down. The sea hare option is one I tried they don't work that well. infact mine diden't even go on any rocks it climbed up the glass and did the sand bed but that was it. algae x is time comsuming and expensive.
     
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    Problem is, I have spent the past 12 months doing "nutrient control" and it never really worked so I am now trying chemicals .

    I feed little, do 10% weekly water changes religiously, use phosphate removers, used carbon dosing, and even went for two months without fish in the tank and the algae did not go away.

    I have also seen a lot more successful Dino X threads than I have nutrient control ones. The truth is algae feeds not only on phosphates and nitrates, but also on just plain organics (dissolved or otherwise). So once they are in the system starving them out will be very difficult (unless you take your fish out) as these are highly efficient in taking any form of nutrients there may be in the water.

    I may try the peroxide route, but the thought of taking all the rock out is setting me back for the moment.
     
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    Well a algae scrubber just works. Also adjust lighting more to the blue tones less white and red lights.
     
  6. VJV

    VJV Well-Known Member

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    Thanks reefwiser! I might give that a try as well. Certainly not ruling anything out at this point. However, for the time being I will be giving DinoX a second try.
     
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    Second week post initial treatment.
     
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    Would love to add pictures but the bloody TapatLk app is not allowing it for some reason...
     
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    Still trying to upload pictures...
     
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    Finally figured it out: it does not accept RAW data so I had to convert to jpeg using PS. So these were from 26/10, two weeks after treatment ended.

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    thats terrible ... Im telling you give up on a product that changd its name because it dosen't work .. just take the rocks out and spray it down for five minutes with peroxide and your done. It will turn white in a day and destigrate in a week
     
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    VJV Well-Known Member

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    And these 3 weeks after treatment. Still doing 10% weekly water changes and vacuuming as much as I can.

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    ... I have not used it again since the initial 21 day treatment so can't exactly give up on it. Currently I have all my fish in quarantine. Been there for 3 weeks and will keep them there for another 10. So that will be 3 months without feeding. I may try what you are suggesting AND afterwords do another DinoX treatment, to make sure I kill every last spore in the tank.

    I believe that things improved substantially during treatment but I need to take out as much as possible before starting. You need to make sure it is eradicated during the treatment so it does not come back afterwords as it did in my case.

    I'll keep you posted.
     
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    Another thing: I've looked up your thread on Peroxide and your last post seems to indicate that the algae was back. Any update? Did you treat with Peroxide again?
     
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    Yes I had to. there is still some I can't get to on the sand bed but other then that the tank is like night and day better
     
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    So, today I treated the left structure to a dose of 3% Peroxide. It was a very satisfying sizzling moment...

    Here are a couple of photos taken before the treatment. Tomorrow I will take some after shots of the rated structure. Used a pipette and 250ml of H2O2.

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    Here is the structure to be treated

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    And here it is in the bucket before spraying the H2O2

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    You will have to respray it about every two or three months. Gha is such a bummer all it takes is one small strand.
    I would look into buying a bunch of emerald crabs
     
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    I am hopping to eradicate it from the tank using the DinoX after I treat all the structures with peroxide.
     
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    A couple of after shots 24h later.

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    Why did you leave the hair algae on the rock,to rot and die in you tank? You should of scrubed it with a big brush,then sprayed it. You can also dip it for 5 min. in a peroxide dip. Add just enough water to cover rock.then pour in peroxide untill you start to see bubbles on the rock. let sit 5min then rinse in saltwater.
     
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