Corraline Algae! Good or Bad

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by keyaam, 19 May 2010.

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Do you like corraline algae?

Poll closed 26 May 2010.
  1. yes

    72.4%
  2. no

    27.6%
  1. keyaam

    keyaam

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    So this discussion has been going on with another buddy for a while now and he is convinced that corraline is the sh!t. I actually dont think so. I need the masses on MASA to prove me right. As far as I can think there is only one benefit of corraline algae (looks pretty). For me its a nuisance. Here is why I hate it.

    1. Drains your cal,alk,mag
    2. Cannot be cleaned with a mag cleaner
    3. When cleaning viewing panels it sometimes scratches the glass
    4. Decreases live rock filtration capacity (debatable)
    Feel free to add anything if i left it out. On alot of overseas forums you will see that corraline doesnt get a chance to grow. This allows for more calcium to be available for SPS growth. On my old tank I had an urchin to keep corraline algae down but he got bored and started munching on the corals.
     
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  3. Trev

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    Yo Keeyam I agree with you 100% exept that I recon nit looks gross dude I spend like 30 min every 2 days cleaning it I hate it

    Trev
     
  4. Trev

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    No 4 No debatable its a fact a piece of LR covered with coraline is nearly usless
     
  5. Dane

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    Nah, sorry bud. I know it causes some issues, but I am ultimately a purveyor of the natural look. Corraline works for me, I hate bare rock (and bare bottom tanks even more!). Sure, when my nano is covered in corals from tip to toe then I dont have to worry about corraline, but till then I'm a fan. Also I've got no sps, so not too worried about calc. Also, i'm biased cause my corraline is still quite sparse. Maybe when it really starts growing I'll feel different.
     
  6. Evo R

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    Corraline shows that the tank is running good and your LR looks better covered in pink/purple than bare rock,BUT its a bi%ch to clean and keeping it of the glass is a every 2-3 day "job".
     
  7. gaboon

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    Quite interesting though, for some reason corraline doesn't grow
    so well under halide only systems, I may be talking k@k but I've heard this from 2 people and experiencing it now. Definitely think it suffocates lr though.

    On a side note, if you add a large qty of sps to a new tank, corraline will
    struggle to take over;)
     
  8. Nemos Janitor

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    why? What does coralline do to make LR nearly useless?
     
  9. Nsteyn

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    Is there truth in it that it kills your filtration capabilities of the LR? I was under the impression its a good thing, preventing nusance alge to grow etc... tagging along.
     
  10. ziyaadb

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    Clogs it up making water unable to pass through


    See above to 1st question

    Nusience algea will grow all over even on the corraline
     
  11. dizzyg

    dizzyg Red Sea Max 250

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    What the hell, i thought corraline was a good thing? I have loads in my tank! how do I get it to stop?
     
  12. ziyaadb

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    its not a bad thing it just chows up ur cal alk and mg
     
  13. christiaan

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    Still like the natural look too.
     
  14. dizzyg

    dizzyg Red Sea Max 250

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    I dose with Kalk once a week, 1/2 a teaspoon for my 250l, I put it in when i do 10% water change.

    Im also dosing with Mg once a week too according to test results.

    Am i feeding the coralline so it can take over?

    Last thing I need is useless LR, i don't have a sump!
     
  15. Manic

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    I voted yes, just because 50% of my rock in my new tank was base rock and was white. It now looks exactly like my live rock. The only thing I hate about corraline algae is that it is impossible to clean the glass and my pumps and this stuff is really growing fast. I wish they made a product that just stopped it from growing.
     
  16. Bob the (reef)builder

    Bob the (reef)builder

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    Coraline definately reduces the ability of niucence algae to get a foothold.

    It can't grow on the base (non-light) area of the rock, so i don't see a smothering effect. There is no ways it will totaly seal the top of the rock either, too many holes and pores etc. I doubt that it will cause great damage to the ability of LR to do its work.

    It looks good too.;)
     
  17. Pads

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    A great way to colour your reef, I have to agree that it chows Ca, Alk, Mg but those things need dosing in any case for your corals. If it does in fact seal up the LR then wouldn't the LR become a haven for anaerobic bacteria and thus still be useful as a filtration media?
     
  18. Boegie

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    Voted yes because of its colour and make DIY rock looks like natural rock.
     
  19. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    I don't agree with this. I only had a 250W single ended 14000k MH over my cube, no T5's and the coralline was going crazy - here's a few pics

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    And on my new 4ft I only have a 250W double ended 20000k MH, again no T5's, and the coralline is starting to pic up very quickly and tank is only running 2,5 weeks with rock that was in a dark bin for 5 months.
     
  20. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    I also agree with this :)
     
  21. vatso

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    If your tank has lots of SPS & the like with very little bare rock they it won't be a major issue. one has to clean the glass it's part of the hobby - it's also shows that the tank is "Healthy"
     
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