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Old 07/11/2015, 08:31 AM   #1241
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I have beaten dinos by going ultra clean after my tank crash and dino invasion. I know that doesn'agree with the "dirty" method. The bottom line is they BOTH work for exactly the same reason. The good plankton and micro fauna do better with more nutrients because they require more. This is a biological constant. The more complex the organism is the more fuel it requires. By starving the dinos (clean method), you drive them back in numbers to the time when they were competing with copious other organisms. They were/are always in your reef but held in check. By flooding the tank with nutrients (dirty method), AND adding live phyto, pods, etc. in quanity you the balance in competition for nutrients. I experienced this as the result of a marine algae killer which wiped out my tank.

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