ID micro algae.

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  1. Ashgovender

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    Please can I have an ID on this mico algae. Is it good or bad? Growing on a rock in my display tank. Will appreciate any feedback.

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    macro algae.

    its grape caulerpa.
    Grows really fast.
     
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    Thanks @RiaanP. Do I need to remove it or just keep it trimmed? Looks good in the tank.
     
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    More worried about the green algae towards the right.

    The bubble caulerpa can be easily maintained and a lot of fish will actually eat it. If you got no bigger herbivores, then manually trimming it will keep it in check.
     
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    Just watch that the grape doesn't go sexual, most tangs will eat it, snails stay away from it, if it gets out of hand, harvest it out of your tank.
     
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    Sorry don't want to hijack your thread but RiaanP you said you're more worried about the algae on the right. I've got similar, I think ....

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    Is it a problem should I get it out of there?
     
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    Looks like Bryopsis. A pest algae that most if not all setups get. Very difficult to get rid off. I have seen some tangs eat the shoots, even some snails, not guaranteed. In the end you keep pulling it out, make sure you don't overfeed and have places where you have undissolved organics lying about. I have found that in time it does dissappear. You could always try dosing your tank with a form of carbon like cubes, NOPOX, biopellets and even vodka and vinegar. Stay away from sugar. However carbon dosing is another subject on its own.
     
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    It's not feathery at all though? It's quite course. When I first saw it I tried to look it up and thought I'd lucked into cheato. Looks like course brillo. So wasn't worried till I saw RiaanP's post on here.....
     
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    Bryopsis doesn't look like Bryopsis when it starts to shoot. Yes close to chaetophora. Do you have chaeto currently in your tank? Chaeto is not known for rooting into rocks.
     
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    doesnt look like bryopsis at all...trust me I know! :p

    neither of those algaes look pest like in either tank...dont know why people stress about macro algae growth...grow it and trade it...there are loads of people out there wanting different types of macro algaes as they arent always easy to come by.
     
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    What do you think the other algae could be Mark? I agree with you on the algae part, in time it comes and goes, I personally never had issues with algae of any type. growing on my tank.
     
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    I had hard grass like algae on some rocks long ago. Hard and stiff like fishing line. That rooted into the rocks. Had to rip it out with tweezers bit by bit.

    First picture looks like what I had. Second picture not. They are not standing upright, straight out.
     
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    That I am not sure of...from the size in comparison to the zoas and the look of the texture it looks like a type I got in on a rock once...it didnt last long though...Hoped it would grow out, but it got eaten or died off...it was easy to remove from the rocks though and wasnt invasive.

    Generally I have been lucky with tanks and algae issues myself...never have I had GHA problems. I think tanks that succumb to this is due to the reefer themselves...but Bryopsis...it took hold of my tank last year in a big way...got it in on a frag and didnt think much of it and it spread to plague proportions. Not something I would ever wish on someone.
     
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    Thanks. Never had GHA either, had a Bryopsis infestation a few times, but they usually disappear after much pulling out and cursing.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Its definaltily not Bryopsis, had that and GHA in the last few months but under control now. As Riaan described, its hard and stiff like fishing line, not easy to pull out. It hasn't really been an issue as it stays the same size. Here's a few (bad) pics of what it was like and the last one of what it looks like currently.

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    wow, nice comeback!
     
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    great improvement.:thumbup:
     
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    @Ashgovender when you trim you grape caulerpa I would love to take a piece off your hands.
     
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    Get that caulerpa out whilst you can. If possible, remove the rock its growing on, remove carefully and make sure nothing stays behind..
     
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