Star polyp question

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Whats this red hair-like mat smothering the polyps? I pulled a lot off but seems to grow back
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How does it feel? Is it hard or slimy?

It looks like Gelidium sp. which is a nuisance Red Hair Algae, they are wiry and problematic. Take it out if not eaten by a tang.

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It also looks like Gracilaria sp. which is some of the finest macroalgae for marine aquarium use. Helps a lot with nutrient export. Gracilaria is an absolutely heavenly food for tangs. Do you have a tang to test it on?

Could be something else - what does the gurus say?:wave2:
 

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Cant help with an ID but sure it can be a pain to remove, seems to grow without high nutrients as well, good advise sent already is to add a tang.
 

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I like that advice midasblenny, tang are like huge fast super effective snail!
 

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Got a small Regal Tang today. Will post pics later. My tank wont be big enough for it when its bigger but got a 700 x 700 cube in the pipeline. Thanks for the advice. (Hope my sixline leaves him alone)
 

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