Advanced Topic Coralline algae nutrient uptake.

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    To what degree does coralline algae contribute to nutrient uptake?
    Besides increased PO4 levels negatively affecting calcification and therefor growth of coralline, what other information is out there showing nutrient uptake by coralline.
     
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    Interesting question Irie.
    I don't think there has ever been a real study done regarding this... It would definitely not be better at removing nutrients than for instance xenia or chaeto.
    I have personally not "seen" any "more" nutrient uptake in a tank with lots of corraline than one without.
    What is your reason for the question? Looking at starting a "corraline algae scrubber"?
     
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    IVE always been of the impression that its primary concern with the uptake of things for aquarist was in its use of Ca, which it naturally competes for with corals.
     
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    you could throw Halimeda Algae in this category
     
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    NO Visser.... my poor Carx will work overtime... the thought just popped into my mind...... Coralline as a combatant to algae....

    Anyway, there is not much data out there.... still mining through the bedrock.... but a few gems are popping up:

    Not completely relevant, but interesting nonetheless:

    Crustose coralline algae can suppress macroalgal
    growth and recruitment on Hawaiian coral reefs

    M. J. A. Vermeij1, 2, 3,*, M. L. Dailer1, C. M. Smith1

    Guess we know that and we know that coralline increases scleractinian larval settlement.....
    but whats interesting to me, and somehow applicable to our reefs at home:



     
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