Corraline

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  1. seank

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    Dunno if this is in the right place, mods, please feel free to move it.

    I would like to know how to get Corraline to grow like this. What type of additives/Chemicals is needed, and do you have to slightly overdose????

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    hey sean!

    microbelift has a coraline accelerator and carib sea have purple up
     
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    Those regular water changes?!?!?!:P:whistling::biggrin:
     
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    The coraline agla in the picture is a certain species of coraline as there are many types
     
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    I know it as plating coralline algae.
    Phone millepora, the only place I have seen it grow thick like that was in his holding tanks and another tank that he maintained at a pet shop.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    Thank you Dean. will phone him up this morning. I have all the additives one can think of, adding it to the tank on a daily basis for the last 3 months (Got some other types from Midas a few weeks ago too), and have not seen any difference to the corraline I have in the tank.

    Also watched a video on "Reefkeep" , as they showed how they "mince" up Corraline in a blender, mix it with SW and adding it to the tank- I have done the same route 2 months ago- yet, still nothing.

    Tony, do you perhaps know what type it is- as the Photo I posted, is one I took at Ushaka Marine world's Coral Tank
     
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    He showed me 3 white bottles of chemicals in the top of a cupboard that he dosed with, but that was a good few years ago and I can't remember what they were.

    Are you dosing kalkwasser?

    Some reading I found?
    http://www.garf.org/NORM/coralline/corallinenorm.html
    OZ REEF - How do you encourage coralline algae growth?
    http://kb.marinedepot.com/article.aspx?id=10274
     
  10. Tony

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    I think its called Peyssonnelia sp. Google it and see if it's the right one
     
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    I have a very little bit of that growing in my one system. Its quite nice..
     
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    I got coralline going crazy in my current tank. Not plating, normal flat type. Best part is that I moved to this tank only in December, So 5 months. Only using Kalkwasser and water changes.
    Pane on the right is now completely pink, back pane going strong. Almost covered. Front pane, need to scrape it clean every 2 weeks.

    you need proof, I need to take pics then. Will do tonight.
     
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    As Riaan said. Kalkwasser.
    Sean, by dosing your Ca and Alk using the slurry method, I found it to quickly grow coralline. My new tank is only 3-4 weeks old and already has coralline spots all over the place.
    Just keep the water parameters in check especially Calcium, Magnesium and Alkalinity. To accelerate coralline growth, try and get your Alk up to 9-10 DKH and keep your Phosphates as low as possible.
     
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    Mine also started to plate like that in my old cube - I just dosed kalkwasser
     
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    Yes agree with mekaeel,its very simple but remember lots of coralline means high calcium levels,what you need to do is get your phosphates down to 0 then your nitrates very low then magnesium push to 1500,kh 10-12,cal 400-420 and with this add once a week strontium and you will see coralline grow like mad
     
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    and dosing via other methods like the bottle you get from Seachem and brightwells? I ask because Ive always had very slow Coralline growth in my tanks.....
     
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    you can use coraline accelarator from Microblift, it works well,
    but the most important aspect to get Coraline to thrive is to have low Po4 in your tank, iv read this somewhere on advanced aquarist , that coraline growth is directly effected by PO4
     
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    Hi Archiecraine.
    I have no experience with these brands that you have mentioned so I cannot comment. The reason I have chosen Kalkwasser is because it is cheap and is readily available at the local pharmacy, and the main reason would be, IT WORKS! :)
    What levels do you usually keep you Ca, Mg and Alk at?
     
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    Got it there, now Phosphates......mmmmmm- You want me to loose my green lawn inside my tank :biggrin:

    Thanks for the info guys. Willl google the Name now Tony.

    Why is Andrew's phone off- surely he is not out surfing in this kak conditions
     
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    Under wahat brand name??

    I drip Strontium, Magnesium, Iodene, Kalkwasser, baked Bicarb of soda (all in their purest form, mixed with RO) on a daily basis into the tank.

    It is the exact same method I have done on the previous setup, but even then I had issues getting Corraline to grow excessively
     
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