Star polyp question

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  1. gaboon

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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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    ive never seen that
     
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    I like that advice midasblenny, tang are like huge fast super effective snail!
     
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    Perhaps some form of cyano?
     
  8. gaboon

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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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