Algae ID please

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    Found this stuff growing on the glass in my refugium, have been trying to ID it and it looks like it is one of the turf Algae, Cladophoropsis sp.
    The next question is, is this the stuff Tangs eat ?
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    So it is hairy arm algae.;)
     
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    I wonder what else it looks like...??
     
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    You are starting to sound like Mouse.
     
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    I think I will get a better reply if I ask Jolene.:whistling:
     
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    Shaun - I have some similar macro algae that I got from a fellow reefer. He told me it was turtle grass - I wanted to suggest turtle grass to you, but, then I googled turtle grass, and found pictures of something COMPLETELY different......
     
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    Thx, all I really want to try find out is if this stuff edible, just want some natural food for fish. Think I put a removable bit of glass in and see if it grows on it, then I can take it out and put it in the tank for the fish.
     
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    Good idea.....
    I am QUITE sure that your tangs would eat it. So FAR - I have only encountered 2 types of marine algae that tangs don't eat:
    - Bryopsis
    - some brown marine algae's
     
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    I got some "grass" growing as well thinking they would eat it, but they don't. It give off a milky white liquid when it is cut.
     
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    Hhhmmm - very interesting Shaun! Where did you get this "grass" from? How exactly did it look like?
     
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    From local rock pools, looks like eel grass but I don't think it is. Will post a pic this afternoon.
     
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    Nice, seen them at Mission Rocks, thought it will not grow in the tank, but you proved my thoughts wrong. Will it be any good in the sump for removal of bad stuff???
     
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    Sean it seems to grow fast, and has sent out a few shoots. I got it hoping that tangs could eat it, but they don't.
    Keeping it in my fug for the critters now.

    When collecting it you need to try keep the roots intact.
     
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    Ok cool, thanks Shaun
     
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    Nice Sean - and I agree - they are awesome looking alage... but I too would not like to eat them! ;)
     
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    Did you check Bryopsis sp. (a type of hair algae) and Gracilaria sp.?
    Hope it's the last one, very safe to culture for nutrient export and great for tangs to eat.
    My pictures are difficult to match 100%, but there's a resemblence - see what you can find on those.
     
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