Hairy Purple Bubble "Algae"?

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  1. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Hennie, While with Hill last night we saw some "Algae" in his BIL tank.

    It has the shape of normal bubble Algae

    Is purple.

    Has hairs on them (also Purple)

    Appear in small, loose clusters. bout 10mm in diameter

    when you squeeze it between your finger it "mashes" easily and is soft no hard membranes or so.

    We tried to take Pics and hopefully hill will post, but the pics are poor.
    Mr Google cant help me either on this one.

    Oh and I have no idea if it really is "algae"

    Thanks
     
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  3. Hill

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    Will post pics later this evening. Got to bed a little late last night. :lol:
     
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    Will wait for the pics then ;)
     
  5. HenkHugo

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    Kankga been feeding you peroni again?
     
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    What is a "BIL" Tank?
     
  7. Kanga

    Kanga Thread Starter Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    No why was that?

    I never feed anyone Peroni:whistling:

    Brother In Law
     
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    you just funnel peronis :D
     
  9. Hill

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    Ok the pics finally. Sorry about the quality.

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    Hmmm, interesting one...

    I've previously had similar organisms in my tank (with relatively new LR). Soft, bubble-algae size, and pink. When squashed the insides felt slimy.

    I could never identify them, but suspected that they were some type of animal, rather than algae - perhaps a species of sea squirts (ascidian).

    Hennie
     
  11. Horsfield

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    Brother In Law.
    the guy that sleeps with hills sister thats me....

    please can any one make head or tail what that is.
    no algae problems in the tank at all ,just lots of these purple things.
    also very easy to remove you just suck them up.
    but the more you suck them up the faster they grow.

    HELP HELP..................


     
  12. Mike

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    If they are a kind of sea squirt then they will be beneficial to the system, as long as they don't get out of hand, perhaps look at how much you feed to keep the population down.
     
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    May I suggest you keep your hairy armpits out the tank. :lol:
     
  14. Horsfield

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    come guys what is it,the base and inside is clear
    hill will send a free coral to the guy that can id it?????????????
     
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    could it be a kind of sponge? It's a long shot but the bad pics look similar to Tethya spp. pic in Reef Aquariums vol. 3 page 592 (small bad pic?)
     
  16. Obi-Wan

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    I see Red, people....

    Rowan/Hermann
    Any better photos for us yet?


    Meanwhile, considering I had these same pieces/tufts of algae many times over 10-6years ago...strangely NONE in past 4years.

    ALSO, first time I saw/felt anything resembling description were in Eastern Cape Reef/FOWLR aquaria , about 15y ago
    ...all NSW, local rock and specimens from Transkei/Ciskei/Eastern Cape

    Here's something to steer you in the right direction

    Rhodophyta

    Of the order, Gelidiales.
    >100 agar producing taxa.


    The genera of Red algae which may have the characteristics described .

    Almost certainly a delicate, membranous, to leathery, textured genus

    Asparagopsis taxiformis ?
    A red, slimy, hairy algae.Nuisance.

    Botryocladia ?
    A red bubble algae

    Polysiphonia ?
    A red, hair/turf algae. Nuisance.

    Gelidium ?
    Similar to last, above ^

    but anyway...a better pic will get more targeted ID/reply




     
  17. Hill

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    Will try take a better pic inside the tank.
     
  18. Kanga

    Kanga Thread Starter Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    gotto say the night we took those pics they looked crystal clear:whistling:
     
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    That was probably down to much Peroni wasn't it:lol:
     
  20. Hill

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    Hey you sure know how to state the obvious. :lol:
     
  21. Horsfield

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    hill come take some pics this week end need to get to the bottom of this.
     
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