Help identify Algea

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  1. 8inch

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    Hi all,
    I've been meaning to get advice on this for a while now but just haven't got around to it.
    This Algea - or at least I think it is algea - started growing about three months back. There are also 4 - almost luminous - tubes growing around this algea.
    My anemone moved over to sit almost on top of the three tubes so I had to bother him to take the pics.
    Please let me know if i should be concerned about these and also what they are.
    I must say though - they look quite unique and rather appealing.

    thanks
    Dan.
    Apologies for the poor images
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  3. Midasblenny

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    2nd pic looks like valonia or bubble algae. Can become a real pest overgrowing some corals eventually. Bonus is tangs especially the zebrasoma sp love it.
     
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    Btw where did the name 8inch come from Dan?
    Hopefully your tank is a bit bigger :whistling:
     
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    the name - don't ask - and it's not what you're thinking - far short of that actually.

    the pics are very distorted - the shape is not a bubble but looks kind-a-like a clove.
     
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    Holy shit your pics are well, shit


    First one looks like it could be a seagrass
    Second one - perhaps a caulerpa family
     
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    Could also be caulerpa racemosa, it grows in many shapes and forms, tangs still clean it up chop chop
     
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    cant see anything in the first pic.

    2nd pic looks like valonia to me, but as Midas said , could also be caulerpa. Can you take a pic a bit more zoomed out?
     
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    first pic looks like those taken of UFO sightings. Must use a hell of a lot of imagination to see anything. Then Discovery channel will make a 30min documentary on it...:)
     
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    :lol:

    remind me not to watch that ;)
     
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    I have the same as in the first pic, I will post up a clear pic of mine a bit later as I also don't know what they are, but they go white at the roots, almost as if they calcify.

    The 2nd pic, not sure, possibly the start of 'dead mans finger' algae?
     
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    Here we go, is this the same stuff as in your first pic?

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    This is Neomeris annulata
     
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    Thank Brenda :thumbup:

    It's a calcareous algae that seems to have a very short life cycle, so nothing to worry about, it's reef safe. Apparently it is an indicator of good water conditions, but tends to die off after a while.
     
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    Thanx - this is the same stuff in my tank.
    i am really sorry about the poor quality pics but i am technologically impared.
    Great to hear that it isn't a bad guy coz it looks quite cool.

    thanx all for your assistance.
     
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