coraline algae

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  1. Rids

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    hi
    how do i get coraline algae to grow onto dead rock without using any
    live rock . are there any additives that have coraline algae that can seed the dead rock
    thanks :thumbup::thanks::bigthumbup:
     
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    Hi @Rids, unfortunately, thats the one thing you dont get in a bottle...
    The easiest way way to seed coraline algae is to get a piece of liverock that has some nice growth on it & give it a nice dip in coral dip to get rid of all the pests & place it in your system!
    Just remember to keep your alkalinity & calcium levels on par & you will have growth in no time!
     
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    I've seen guys scrape the coraline algea off of a live piece of rock onto the rock that hasn't got any of the algea on. It works
     
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    This works well but pushes up the calcium quite a bit. purpleup_300x408.jpg

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    Isn't this just a calcium additive/growth booster for coralline. In other words you need some coralline to start with at least and the Purple Up will boost it?
     
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    It clearly states on the bottle that it doesnt contain coraline algae.
     
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    When I first used it my tank was was still new & cycling, it had no coraline on any of the LR but it worked well. But the was a long time ago.
     
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    Yip, purple up is just a concentrated mix of calcium & alk supplements.
    You can get the same effect by just dosing your normal alk & calcium supplements & keeping the levels a bit higher than normal...
     
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    Still not sure why everyone wants coralline algae.
    Taking scrapings of coralline from someone elses tank works alot faster than adding a piece of liverock with coralline.
     
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    I agree, why bother with coralline?
    Most coralline sucks the calcium out of the water and leaves sps and others a bit starved of this. Personally I discourage encrusting types due to the annoying action of reducing surface area of live rock reducing aerobic activities and water penetration for anaerobes working on nitrate with in your live rock. It’s over rated!
     
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    Coraline is over rated imo
     
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    I think it's very pretty, and it's coming along very nicely in my tank. Especially after the water change.

    How are you going to stop it anyway? You'd need an army of urchins to make a dent. I'll just live with it and enjoy the colour.

    I'm of the opinion that if you rely so heavily on live rock to do your filtration and coralline is going to make your system marginal, then you are better off investing in some other method of nitrogen management.
     
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    I don’t use live rock for bio filtration, but many others do these days and we need to help them. I left live rock-skimmer for organic nitrogen control back in the eighties.
    Near on all of my tanks biological work is done externally and never with any live rock.
    My in tank structures are base rock placed in hot water and bleach to sterilize it, I grow all my own life on the rock so there are no surprises, its better that way.
     
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    instead of using that , rather figure out what your system requires and start dosing with a good COMPREHENSIVE supplement . coraline is a manifest result of healthy water with plenty of alk , calcium ect. suspended in the water column . rather work on having healthy water than dosing supplements to try see coraline on the glass and rocks .
     
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    my waterchanges are done with aquarium water and it requires a good supplement to buffer up the calcium and kh . i am using fusion 1 & 2 and it works absolute wonders . even for coraline .
     
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