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….my Dad gave me a 10 gallon freshwater tank nearly half a century ago. I kept up the hobby with few interruptions since. About 10 years ago after a long distance move, my wife and myself were in for it again, though, little problem, an Innovative Marine 38 gallon was on sale.
It fit in the trunk with some salt, life sand and rock. “Be back in a couple of weeks, you will need a yellow tang”.

Fast forward and after a 60 gallon, the Red Sea Reefer 525, 2 crashes with Dinos and Velvet, I got my dream RSR 750 V3 running for a good year now.

No longer posting on R2R, so about time I introduce myself.

Crew:
1 Yellow Tang (yup the same as above)
1 Tomini Tang
1 Potters Angel
2 Pyramid Butterfly Fish (black/yellow)
1 cleaner wrasse
1 Clown
1 Longnose Hawkfish

Equipment
2 x Cor 20 return
4 x Wav
RS skimmer
TK500 chiller/heater
UV
4 Kessil 360
Kessil A80/Refugium
Trident and Hanna checkers

Switching from Salinity salt to Tropic Marine (supply issues)
Dosing Red Sea Ca, Mg and Sodiumhydroxide.
Ph 8-8.2, Ca 440, Mg 1400, PO4 0.03, Nitrogen 20.

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Dinoflagellates

… about 3 years ago I decided to kill my crew…

Materials required
1. API testing kit. It’s not precise so do not test often.
2. Have some dinoflagellates to get things started
3. Spend some hours to remove algae.
4. Exchange GFO to bottom out your PO4

Then wait for 2 days.

But seriously, I had toxic Dinoflagellates, (and keep in mind, there are many different strains). I only found out when the snails were falling dead off the glass, resulting in increased nitrates and oxygen strain.

What I should have done is to run carbon when I found out that there may be toxins.

I should have run UV.

I should have never let phosphates and nitrates bottom out, but for that you want a better testing kit. I work with Hanna nowadays, once weekly Ca, Alk, PO4 and Nitrates. Pending on the results, I may feed less, skim more or increase feeding or drain the skim mate back.
Oh yes, I calibrate my Tridents Ca and Alkalinity by the Hanna (I copy the Trident Magnesium over).

It took me 1 year to no longer be able to see dinoflagellates. And I have not seen them for over 1 year.

My survivors went in my old 38 gallon and I started growing algae with dosing of phosphate and nitrate. UV. Removed the algae slowly 6 month later.

What did not work -and that is for me only (as for different strains)- H2O2, Bacteria dosing and Vibrant.

Summary:
With good test kits for PO4 and nitrate to adjust feeding as well as possible UV you will be a better fish keeper than I was.
 
Great photos and great tank, I love looking at tanks, especially mature ones. We started as aquarists about the same time, do your joints ache as well :) So much has changed in the hobby, so much more science to help us understand, but the same conversations keep repeating, ha ha.
 

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Great photos and great tank, I love looking at tanks, especially mature ones. We started as aquarists about the same time, do your joints ache as well :) So much has changed in the hobby, so much more science to help us understand, but the same conversations keep repeating, ha ha.
Thank you! Changed 40 gallon this weekend, mixing is in the basement … up the stairs. It’s all worth it. More pain, more experience!
 
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