So, the 72 hour photo blackout is over, and it basically did nothing! I am beginning to have my doubts as to what exactly the culprit is. So, basically, I’m going to let it grow. I’m going to see what happens if I let it take over a bit. I will hopefully be able to identify it a bit easier. Here is what it looks like right now.
It is pretty minimal right now, but it has definitely started growing all over my rocks. I thought about removing my snails, but since I am not convinced it is dinoflagellates, I’m going to leave them in and watch. All of my water parameters are perfect. I have no nitrates at all, and absolutely no phosphates. I barely feed the tank, and my maintenance is impeccable. So what is causing the algae bloom? Could be a dead snail I don’t know about feeding it. Could just be completely photosynthetic. Or maybe it is the salt-mix. I’m using Red Sea Salt, and there is a chance that every time I do water change, I am introducing silicates and other elements that this type of algae/bacteria is thriving on. So I’m not going to do a water change for at least a month, unless I absolutely have to. I’m hoping to starve it out!
Other than that everything in the tank seems healthy and happy. You can see a new polyp starting on the green star polyps. It is looking great and I’m sure it is going to encrust the entire rock which will look amazing.
I am frightened to buy any other fish though. I bought the cleaner shrimp, and he died overnight. I bought the goby, and he jumped out with my old cover in place. I bought sand-sifting goby, and he never settled in and died. It is not only frustrating, but I don’t like watching these amazing creatures die!