Coraline Algae

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  1. King_Triton

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    Greeting fellow MASA members :)

    I have a quick question regarding Coralline algae.

    I have read up on a few posts, on MASA and other sites that there are various types(actually colors) of coralline algae that can grow.

    green, pink, white, purple, red are the colors i've been reading about. My question is how do you identify that what's growing is really coralline. if its green or red for example. and also how do you get the different types to grow in one tank?

    TIA :thumbup:
     
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    Good question.
     
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    pink/purple/blood, dont worry maybe drop your blood into the tank :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
     
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    Lol, did that already. forgot my finger was cut, fish seemed to like the flavour. was something like a blade movie for those few seconds :lol:
     
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    well the best way to test is to see if the algae is calciferous , if its not then its an undesired algae.
    its should be flakey to rigid
     
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    Hey Dallas,

    How you doing bro?

    Thanks for the info, was wondering coz i have green algae growing on some rocks with the usual purple coralline, and didnt want to remove the green stuff, i like the look it gives
     
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    good and you... post a pic
     
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    All good. looking forward to bringing up some stuff from the coast for my tank.

    Will take one out tonight and post it.
     
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    Heres some pics, so you can see what it looks like.

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    Cool, Nice Coraline Algae so dont stress :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks dude.

    I like the look of the green/purple mixture on the rocks. Think i will turn of the pumps and scrape some of the green stuff off and just let it settle in more places, as the purple seems to be growing more.
     
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    purple is the most common type i reckn. Don't think you get white coralline, coloured coralline usually bleaches white when it expires or starves. But you got some nice pieces of purple and red forming, just keep an eye on the green and make sure it doesnt get 'hairy'
     
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    Just keep an eye on Ca & Mag;)
     
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    I'm not a major fan of the entire tank turning purple though, and i see that the purple is dominant, even growing quiet steadily on certain parts of the substrate. I wanna get more of the green around the tank.

    The last pic here, that rock has been getting green from day one, its just getting darker in colour, but isn't slimy or growing into hair, so would like that spreading. just crossing my fingers that it really is coraline. so far no probs with it.
     
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    Lol, this has never been tested from the time the tank is running. I think the only time was about 2 weeks after when I gave Dallas a water sample and all looked okay.

    I dont do water changes, but simply just top up twice a week from the evaporation. seems to be working good for now... test kits got ruined when i moved house, so need to get my hands on one of those, for the future.
     
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    nice :) and after a long time of maturing, your back screen can be completely covered in purple. Just also remember that corralline chows magnesium and calcium like crazy
     
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    whoops, didnt read express's comment
     
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    Lol, Regarding the back glass getting covered, i'm not sure if i want that or not. I was letting it grow for a bit, and then just decided to clean it up with a magnetic cleaner last week. I have a plain black background atm and i feel it adds depth to the tank. Coraline tends to make the tank look too bright, I prefer the deep look, with a few dark areas here and there, to add to the "cave" look.

    I've read the following thread yesterday, and the argument is whether it actually uses all that much anyway.

    Coraline algae - Marine Aquariums South Africa

    So when i get my test kit, i will test as time goes on, and as it grows more and check on that. Right now I don't add anything besides the salt when topping up, and seems to be getting all it needs.
     
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    I've got pink coralline algae that is starting to grow like a small plate coral. Ill post some pics in the morning
     
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