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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    I’ve been talking to a 20 year SPS guru. Some of you may know him as Keith Berkelhamer, and others as ReefBum. The guy can keep SPS. He recently (1 year ago) get nailed by about everything in the book. Why??? He started a tank with DRY ROCK. The exact rock I have in my system now. Lol. I’m used to this rock though. I’ve been dealing with it’s issues for about 8 years now. Lol

    Keith is the one who recently persuaded me to go with Live Rock after all these years. What do you know, it’s on a plane tomorrow!

    The dude got hit with....algae blooms, dinoflagellates, cyano, and you name it. So he hops on a plane and cherry picked some awesome Tahitian rock form Florida and flys back with it to Vermont!

    If you wanna see his previous tanks, go to his website. ReefBum.com

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    exactly.. I never had any issues with weird algae back in the day when we used real live rock.. every time I have used dry i have had dinoflagellates. now maybe its be being impatient but I think it to some extent has to do with if there is nothing else competing with it, it wins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    Bingo on that. It only takes one time of using dry rock that you don't leech clean before you never do it again. Luckily, I learned that lesson my first time around. Ended up having to take the live rock out if the tank a little at a time and do what I should have done from the beginning.
    Yep, been there. It’s either that or deal with brown corals for 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PorpoiseHork View Post
    Basically not knowing what critters may be in there that could die and nuke the tank, or a pest that survived the trip could wreak havoc on your tank, livestock and/or corals. I know the chances are remote in most cases, but with the money invested for me it's not worth the risk.
    Ohh ok, I understand that.

    Thats why mine is going into a QT for a bit. I don’t have the tank yet! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    exactly.. I never had any issues with weird algae back in the day when we used real live rock.. every time I have used dry i have had dinoflagellates. now maybe its be being impatient but I think it to some extent has to do with if there is nothing else competing with it, it wins.
    Dinoflagellates thrive with certain conditions and especially when those conditions exist in newly aquascaped dry rock tanks! Lol

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    Dipping fresh Live Rock??

    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    Dinoflagellates thrive with certain conditions and especially when those conditions exist in newly aquascaped dry rock tanks! Lol
    And the fix that i have found to work 3 times now is boost nitrates/phosphates, inoculate with hair algae and even cyano, start dosing probidio and about 2 - 4 weeks later things are balanced and happy. There may still be a bit of dinoflagellates here and there but they are minuscule compared to what it was when started.

    I did this on both my frag systems.




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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    And the fix that i have found to work 3 times now is boost nitrates/phosphates, inoculate with hair algae and even cyano, start dosing probidio and about 2 - 4 weeks later things are balanced and happy. There may still be a bit of dinoflagellates here and there but they are minuscule compared to what it was when started.

    I did this on both my frag systems.




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    Dino’s are near impossible to get rid of. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    Dinoís are near impossible to get rid of. :-(
    Maybe so but I donít see evidence of them anymore. Only thing i seem to battle anymore is a film algae on the the unencrusted frag plugs and that typically occurs when I dose aminos and/or trace elements for a couple of days after dosing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Maybe so but I don’t see evidence of them anymore. Only thing i seem to battle anymore is a film algae on the the unencrusted frag plugs and that typically occurs when I dose aminos and/or trace elements for a couple of days after dosing.


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    Well done! They’re tough!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    Well done! Theyíre tough!

    Yeah that thread pretty much confirmed what i discovered. Although i never used UV. But did consider it. I have to credit Andre (psxerholic) for the probidio dosing.


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