No coraline algae on LR

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  1. 2balive

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    Hi

    I have used coral skeletons (completely white) in addition to shop bought LR in my nano.

    8 months later, my back glass and pumps are covered with coralline algae growth and I have to clean my glass regularly to prevent it from growing on the viewing areas.

    Yet, I have no growth on the coral skeletons?

    My CUC is doing a good job and also have no green algae growth on it.


    Calcium levels are high, and getting good coral growth.

    What am I doing wrong?
     
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    Quite possibly nothing, slow coraline growth is good - all it does is bung up your liverock.
     
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    Totally agree, Why would you want more of it, it is a pest and makes your tank look "girly" :whistling:

    I got myself some rock urchins just to keep the coralline in check
     
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    2balive Thread Starter

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    But they are the best way to keep marco algea in check?
     
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    What keeps the macro algae in check, coralline ?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nope.The best way to keep macro algea low would be to introduce surgeons or tangs to your systerm.
     
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    Will be a bit of a push in a 24G nono without a skimmer?
     
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    What macro algae are you trying to keep under control ?
     
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    They (green macro) can not grow on LR where the coraline algea has covered it.
     
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    Can't say I have heard of this, but then I have Tangs, hermits, snails and dwarf angels that attack anything that is green.
     
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    you can't keep a tang in 24g.
    our tanks are way to small bud.
    even with a skimmer
     
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    won't an algae blenny do the trick for macro algae. and he is a good size for a nano if you don't have any other blennies in you tank
     
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    Agree with mike Bushie, go Algae/Sailfin blenny
     
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    Appologies, didnt know it was on a nano. Blennies will do a good job in eating up the algea
     
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    2balive Thread Starter

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    no algae problem

    Hi

    Got no algae problem, was worried that I do not have nice pink (girlish) algae
     
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    Isn't there some product that courses coraline growth.
    i think its called Purple up
    i might be wrong
     
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    2balive Thread Starter

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    Purple Up

    Yip, got it, Purple Up, think it is a gimmick, normal Calcium supplement. Also not sure if it is balanced, so sticking with my C-Balance now.
     
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    aaa ok.
    just another thought though
    (matt165 wanted to try this with some of my coraline)
    why don't you scrap some off your other rock.
    ps some of my coraline "flakes" so we where planing on scraping off a flake. transplant it onto the rock that has no coraline and hope it spreads.
    By the way don't know if it will work. matt165 and i where going to try.
    give that a go.
    alternatively patience and time will tell if coraline will grow.
    The older and more wise guys might think our idea is crap so let see what other ppl say
     
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