Caulerpa

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by raytone, 17 Dec 2012.

  1. raytone

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    Hallo. Is there any way to get rid of caulerpa as they are taking over my tank
     
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    Hi there Raytone - you can look at getting a tang if you have a tank that is big enough. Else - you must investigate what is causing the high nutrients in your tank's water, that is feeding the growth of the caulerpa. You will have to remove the caulerpa manually until then.
     
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    raytone Thread Starter Raytone

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    Thanks @jacquesb . I have a sailfin tang but heard that a convict surgeon or a mustard tang will maybe do the job
     
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    Try a Chevron Tang, hard workers!
     
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    Mustard and chevron- expensive cleaners :)

    Anyone know what will clear up GHA ?
    I have managed to stop the growth, but I still have a bit hanging around

    Sorry for the thread hi jack
     
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    raytone Thread Starter Raytone

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    Thanks all you guys. Will try that:1:
     
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    Pull it out manually.
    If it has already started turning brown or white it will start falling off by itself, although you will have some residual left on the tank walls. You can use a new toothbrush or something similar to brush it off.
     
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    My Sailfin and Foxface love the stuff.
     
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    Tangs/Foxfaces usually wont eat the long strands, if it's short though they will keep it that way.

    Emerald crabs do the trick sometimes.
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Real hard work is the only thing which will get rid of Caulerpa. Even though jacquesb is correct to a certain degree, you will need really low nutrients to stop growth, as Caulerpa is extremely effecient at scavengeing food for itself.
    Manual removal is also risky, as strands which break off in the process will settle somewhere else and start another infestation.
    An algae scrubber will also have limitesd success, as nutrients in the tank combine with more often superior lighting will have the caulerpa outcompeting the algae in the ATS.
    I strugled with racemosa years ago, and for some reason the stuff went sexual on me (turned white) and never reappeared. If only I knew exactly what it was that caused this..... Was trying so many things at the time and doubt whether it was any of them....
    Herbivores seldom eat it all, there are a few tangs which will nibble on it, but they can also assist in spreading the infestation.

    If at all possible, I would advise removing rocks from tank, manually pull the strands off gently and get a butane torch to roast the remaining roots which are stuck in fissures.

    Alternatively, just keep soldiering on with all the abovementioned methods.
     
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    raytone Thread Starter Raytone

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    The only problem is that there is corals on some of the rocks, so how do i get rid of it there?
     
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    Break off the corals....
     
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    Agreeing with the above, the only way I managed to remove the stuff long term was manually.
     
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