Please identify plant

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  1. waynet

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    Please help identifying this plant growing on my live rock. It has taken over the whole one corner in my tank.

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  3. Zandy

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    Looks like more than one species there. I would say caulerpa.
     
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    Are they safe? I do plan to get some soft corals in the future.
     
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    It is safe, but will take over your entire DT in time!
    They become a pest very quickly.

    It is better to keep it in your sump.
     
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    Whats your stocklist looking like?
    Tangs would love it
     
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    I personally would get rid of any sort of algae, as it can overtake a tank quite quickly. Is it just on one rock or where is it based in the tank? Perhaps post a full tank shot, that way we can see the extend of the problem
     
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    Thanks guys - do I move the live rocks they are on into my sump or can they be moved separately?
     
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    Yes you can move it to your sump. And also get some herbivore's to help contain and control the rest that is left.
     
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    caulerpa racemosa is the light green one with the little ball looking things on the ends, perfect to have in a fuge ;)
     
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    Hi Parraman, I only have one fish left after an episode of Brooklynella - a striated Tang
     
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    Hi Wesd,

    I don't have a refugium, if that's what you referring to. I have a 4 foot sump, into which I am now going to put the live rock on which these caulerpa are growing. Will it have the same effect?
     
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    Hi Zandy, excuse my ignorance, but what qualifies as herbivores? Any recommendations?
     
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    Caulerpa can go sexual and release some toxins. There are different kinds of caulerpa and the kind you have are not know to do that too often however still a risk. I would try and remove as much as i can manually and then sump those rocks. The lack of light might discourage the growth in the sump.
     
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    that type can go sexual easier than feather types. I had it and it went sexual twice in 4 months. Need to keep it in control. Once it registers that it is outcompeting himself for food or space they can go boom and end up looking like half cooked spinach. If you want to keep it then trim it regularly.
     
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    Thanks Riaan. I have decided to move it to my sump as suggested and get rid of any trace of it in the MT.
     
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    :eek: Looks like you have a planted aquarium there :lol:

    I agree, move that algae out asap...
     
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    that was what i was refering to, im going to guess and say that you probably have a dsb in your sump, if so you could put the rock with the algae ontop of the dsb and just install a small light over that section of the sump, that way your sump doubles as a refugium and adds to the filtration. As @RiaanP said just trim it regularly so it doesnt get out of hand. :thumbup:


    I know a few people who have racemosa in their sumps and they havnt had a problem with it, thats not to say that its never going to release toxins, its a very real possibility. I personal think the benefits of this particular calurpa spp. outway the risks, just my opinion though :)
     
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    This type caulerpa grows like mad. outperforming the feather type by far.
    But it does have a serious drawback in that it can go sexual easily. For nutrient export, due to growth rate, they are the best. But keep it trimmed. I would not mind some of them again.
     
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    The guys over all are right, never have a form of caulerpa in your main tank or its spores capable of entering the main tank and it’s marine algae and not actually a plant, though is close enough.
    There seems to be two species there as one of the guys said, can you get a better pic of the one that is more so spread over the rock?
    They both look like racemosa as you have been told and racemosa is the most morphic of all caulerpa algae so it is extremely adaptable and racemosa is the best at nutrient importing-balancing of those nutrients, so if you were going to have caulerpa algae somewhere then racemase is the go.
    It should never go sexual if it is treated correctly and if you put a light over where it is you now have refugium, sort of.
     
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    hi all,

    So whats the other algae? the one with pointy parts?

    thanks
     
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