Scraping coralline off of back wall?

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  1. Matt

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    I'm getting quite a lot of coralline growth on the rear wall of my nano. Looks kinda dirty :p Should I scrape it off or leave it be?

    The only negative effect I can assume is that it uses up more calcium... Are there any positives?

    Also what would I use to scrape it off?
     
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  3. Rory

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    Uses calcium and alkalinity...

    I also got tired of it looking dirty on my back wall and scraped it all off. The tank looks great when the back wall has just been cleaned but I ended up with other even less desirable algae growing there which looked even worse. I couldn't wait for the corraline to grow back.
     
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    on the same subject. what is the best way to scrap off coralline and the weird snail like creatures growing on my front glass. credit card or blade ?
     
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    I vote leave it on, blade works best for cleaning, just be careful with the silicon in the corners.
     
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    yip a blade works fine.one of the positives is,if you like pink,leave it there :p
     
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    Do you guys just leave it?
     
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    im currently scraping all mines off,getting sick of trying to keep up with Ca and alk demand
     
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    i got an urchin - keeps the corraline under control.
     
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    i have two(urchins) and they don't do anything to my coraline growths.

    i also removed it with a blade, but after a day there are new traces, so i placed my rocks at the back to cover the back panel:whistling:
     
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    lanzo: i'm trying to keep my rockwork off the rear panel as much as possible to improve flow in the tank.
     
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    i don't want a swirl pool in my tank, i want to get a resun wave maker, then i'll most probably open my back panel, but it is a moerse shlep to clean that coraline algae off every 2nd day
     
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    i say leave and let it be it is better than having some bad alge growing in your tank and makes it more natural
     
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    The rumour has it that corraline growing in these places can consume as much as 15% of your alkalinity and calcium.

    The question really is?
    What do i charge per hour to clean?
    or
    How much does bi carb and slake lime cost?

    Personally i have a hands out policy, which suits my couch potato mentality:confused:
    Or perhaps... Shavers vs Wild and wooly...no competition let it grow. Its more natural:)

    On a more serious note. If the tank were smaller than average i would shave. Especially if calc reactor or slake lime were not being used.
     
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    cool Sean,so once my Reactor is on again,just gonna leave it there
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    why dude, why?:( just leave it, that corranline didn't do anything to you. now you want to go scrapping it off. shame on you, shame on you.


    "weird random stuff that came into my head when i read your first post."
     
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    lol trad.just found that when it gets a foothold in the tank and espescially when dosing manually,gotta keep on adjusting the chemicals to keep them in order.
    my tank already chows up about 1-2 dkh of alk a day
     
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    wel since we scraping it off lets cook it i am hungry;)
     
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    Man, you guys wanna take it out, I am still trying my best to grow some. If ever I can have Corraline growing in my tank, I'll be one happy guy...
     
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    i'll send you a bankie full of coraline dust:p
     
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    And I'll take it:razz:
     
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