Need a ID on this Algae

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  1. DevzZz

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    Hi
    Just wanted to know if this is really bad or not because its growing quite rapidly.

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    Looks like green bryopsis to me. A @#*!er to get rid of.
     
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    yip, and they are very hardy. Higher magnesium levels seems to be the only trick to control these algae.
     
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    You guys sure that's bryopsis? Btyopsis grows very quickly & spreds as you pluck them but this type is hard to the touch & grows slow. I have some of this in my tank as it is a macro algae tank & not sure what it is but don't think it's bryopsis. Maybe @Lord_Blackadder will know what species of algae it is.

    Btw I've uped my magnesium levels & it's still alive so not sure if that is going to work.;)
     
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    this type id like pieces of fish line. Hard and it really is stuck to the rock. Can try to scrape it off, with a knife. But a bit of an issue if in a hollow point.
     
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    That can be done...
     
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    That's a pain in the butt algae... If that's the only thing on the rock(no coral) rather take the whole rock out scrap it off and put it back, But if you can spare the rock rather remove the whole rock.

    Or use a screw drive and break out that top piece where the algae is..
     
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    well well well...look who the cat dragged in...:tt2:
     
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    :blush: :biggrin: Missed me Belinda? :tt2:
     
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    Nope...I whatsapp you too much for that...:lol:..:tt2:
     
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    Probably Cladophoropsis. Often get it on local zoa frags. I haven't found it to be terribly fast growing, but it is a pain to remove because it's so tough. Black urchins seem quite fond of it.
     
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    once it gets going it will be all over the tank, get it out
     
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    I took some of the algae out and it seems to be growing extremely slowly. It is exactly like gut and definitely not Bryopsis (went picture finding and actually saw Bryopsis in a tank with my own eyes and mine is nothing that bad). I was wondering if it might be a macro algae. Do you think fish like tangs or foxfaces will eat it? Also is it advisable to get a black urchin? (Heard they can be a pest at times)
     
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    Yes it's a macro algae & no don't think fish would eat it...
     
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    Ive had some of that algae on some LR... My sea hare did a quick job of it, & I never saw it again!!!
     
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    like Lord Blackadder said, urchins are fond of it, and maybe a more herbivorous cleanup crew
     
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    Awesome will be investing in an urchin to sort it out. Thanks all:thumbup:
     
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    Foxface or other rabbitfish might chow it. They're a lot less fussy than surgeons and eat most species of macroalgae.
     
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