Caulerpa crashed.

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by RiaanP, 3 Apr 2011.

  1. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    Yes that can happen

    This was 2 days ago.
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    This morning, it looked like half cooked spinach. Mostly lost its usual stiffness and looked like the greens the kids never want to eat. Pity I did not take a pic.

    A few strands that is still ok, that is all I got.
     
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    Did it turn white at all?
     
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    If it did crash then there goes the theory that it only happens when you have loads of it. Hope the tank does not get affected.
     
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    oh and it also happens wen nutrients are low ie. phosphate
     
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    Looks like the Caulerpa lost whatever was in the cells, so yes whitish, more translucent. Some parts turned black. This type of Caulerpa new growth points are white, but stiff compared to the rotten parts.

    This is luckily on my Peppermint aptasia removal station. Only inhabitants are Peppermint shrimps, 3 hermits and aptasia.
    Aptasia for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Shrimps seems unaffected. Did siphon the bottom clean yesterday, and done a 10% water change. But I saw another Caulerpa piece that is not too happy this morning. Did take a pic. If it did die, then I will take another this afternoon of the same piece and post it.

    I been worried that I overfeed. Actually I do not want to feed the shrimps too mush, else they will not take on the aptasia. So you are right most likely. The first chamber with Caulerpa got that red growth all over. Not the rest of the tank. Think shrimps take care of that.
     
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    macro algaes need more than just nitrates and phos to live, i would hazard a guess it starved to death.
     
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    grape caulerpa does that from time to time, and then rejuvenates from just a single stable bubble. quite a murky buisness..
     
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    I got about 5 stems that is still OK. With new growth points.
    And this Caulerpa does grow like mad.

    Need to keep an eye on it when it reach the same size next time.
     
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    Riaan, I found that If you "prune" them regularly you dont get that. I just grab a handful and throw it out :p

    Do not know why, but yeah.

    Ciao
     
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