Coralline Problem

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  1. Warr7207

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    As you will see, I have the dreaded pink stuff on my silicone joints, any suggestions how I get it off.

    I am to scared to use a blade :whistling:

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    No getting it off, except for emptying the tank, blasting it with light and letting it fall off with a gentle rub. & btw, why is it dreaded.
     
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    Warr is this your tank
     
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    Where it is growing on the silicone i would just leave it there.
    I would presume you calling it 'dreaded' because its chowing up your Ca and Alk?
     
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    Allot of urchins will eat coralline.
     
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    Dreaded because what it's making my tank look like, check how messy the glass is getting, let alone the back pane.
     
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    yeah my urchins cane it on the LR, but they don't ever go on the glass
     
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    if you had to use a blade closely to the silicone, wounldn't at least break? maybe leaving a bit on the silicone behind?
     
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    The thing I am afraid of is, if I nick the silicone and the coralline gets into it. I was enquiring if there any non-abrasive ways of getting it off.
     
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    Don't think so, next best thing i recon would be to get a cleaning sponge from the kitchen......
     
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    I have a hard sponge magnetic cleaner and this works great on the flat glass, but is no good on the corners.

    I think you may have an idea there :thumbup1:
     
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    Hi Warr to get off caralline off your glass not a prob, get the aqua medic mega mag with blade or kent scrapper is much cheaper it is made of plastic but for your silicone i will just leave it
     
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    Yeah... think its time for you to get your hand wet.....:lol: :lol:
     
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    Im with Imarine on this one. Scrape of whats on the glass if Coralline is an issue but just leave the delicate areas (silicone) alone.
     
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    now if you used black silicone to build the tank....
     
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    Carefully scrape the glass with a blade, then use a small piece of the "cleaning sponge" and clean the silicone. The abrasive on the sponge can scratch your glass badly though! Otherwise use a toothbrush on the silicone and Stanly blade on the rest.

    Your tank looks great btw! :D
     
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    I actually found that my tank has glass over the silicone joins so scraping has not been a problem.


    Question: Does coralline have any benefits to our systems. It seems that it only has negatives (Ca consumption, destroying pumps, blocking pipes etc.) So shouldn't we consider this algae a nuisance like GHA, aiptasia etc.
     
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