How Long does it take for corraline to grow

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    i have a simple question , how long onn average does it take coroline to start growing in your tank , i have a 4ft tank with a fair amount of live rock with coroline on it
     
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    Hi Robert - corralline algae usually starts growing when the whole cycle has completed, and when there is enough calcium, magnesium and when the alkalinity is high enough..... Also - when your phosphate levels are extremely low.
     
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    It can take a month and it can take a year. Just maintain your CA and MG at the right levels. Just remember you got to scrap it off when it takes hold. On the back glass it's fine but if its on your front glass, it can be a problem.
     
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    Mine first started growing after running the tank for 6 months,but when it started it didn't hesitate to start growing faster. In about a month or two the back pane was full of it!
     
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    My current tank has rock that was dead base rock that is almost completely covered in six weeks.

    But I know a very healthy fast growing Acro tank that has virtually none. Lighting plays a big part.

    Too bright is not good for coraline.
     
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    Your tank looks awesome without the beastly stuff mate, why you want coralline? It is the DEVIL INCARNATE

    And another devil inyour pic, you have Halimeda (bottom left), be very careful of that beast in your tank, it literally grow like a weed - lovely stuff, very pretty and I love it, but is drains Ca and alk - if you want coralline, sump that macro algae
     
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    Sorry, want to reiterate Robert, your tank looks really good, well done
     
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    @mnd - surely the Halimeda macro is still going to deplete saturated calcium if its growing in the sump?

    coralline started growing after about 3 months in my tank and is spreading nicely now. I have low lighting and i've noticed that it doesnt grow where very exposed, and often grows best under overhangs etc. But i beleive light sensitivity would very much depend on the species of coraline.
     
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    Dane, the lighting in the sump is far less intense, so the Halimeda grows at a 10th of the rate, it syill looks good, but does not deplete like it did when it was in my DT - my halimeda was doubling in size every 2-3 days
     
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    thanks for the complement mnd123 i will be putting the halimeda macro into the sump as soon as i get home , thank you to all that gave feedback on this , i think the corralline will grow a bit slower in my tank due to the light factor
     
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    You got a nice tank.
     
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    thanks Boegie
     
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