Algae ID

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  1. vincentputter

    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    Hey guys! Can someone please tell me what that red stuff is in the pic? It started during the cycling process but went away after I did my first water change and now It's back and redder after my 2nd water change. It's also everywhere on my substrate.

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  3. chikaboo

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    mmmm is it slimy? Looks like the dreaded cyano ..... All part of the cycling or lack of flow
     
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    Red is cyano while brown looks like the beginning of diatoms but I agree with Chikaboo, part of the cycle.
    Hang in there it will go away!
     
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    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    It's not slimy at all! It's like green hair algae but shorter and red. It did go away and stayed away for about a month but now It's back.
     
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    Looks almost like the start of Cotton Candy, but it's not pink..
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    http://www.3reef.com/forums/algae/ultimate-nuisance-algae-thread-58657.html

    So the only other one I can find is Red Turf Algae...Asparagopsis sp...
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    http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=249072
     
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  7. Lord_Blackadder

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    Yep, it's Asparagopsis. Just had a bloom of the stuff in my FO tank. You can control it a bit by limiting nutrients just like any other algae, combined with manual removal of the bigger clumps. It usually burns itself out in a month or two though. When you see it turning brown you know it's on it's way out.
     
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    Mexican Turbo's and sea hairs eat it.
     

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