Strange tree-like algae

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    Hi everyone,

    Can you guys please help with an ID of this algae. It started growing quiet slow on an old coral tree. Recently it looks like a bonsai. Started to grow on a brain coral skeleton now and one small spot on the back glass.

    Not sure if it's good or bad. Has a slight slimy feel on the leaves. But I think it's beautiful. Sorry for the phone pics.

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    Hi momo, thanks for the link. It's definitely not red grape. according to the link it looks like chlorodesmis, but if you Google chlorodesmis or turtleweed, or maidens hair, it comes up with a green algae. So I doubt it's one of those. Will try and get some better shots this am and post them.
     
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    Dont know what it is but it looks cool
     
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    looks great!

    I love algaes like that, just leave it to grow and prune it back every now and again when it gets too big, they are such a great way of sucking up nutrients and still looking good,
     
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    Pretty sure it's a Gracilaria. Very big and variable genus, though I did find the species at some point. It's good, though a lot of tangs etc will wipe it out fast.
     
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    @Lord_Blackadder, it's not gracilaria. I had some of that in my sump before. This is like nothing I've seen. And what's more weird is the way it grows. It keeps a uniform growth. Will maybe take it out and post a pic when I get home.
     
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    In the last pic you can see the bit on the back glass.
     
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    Like I said, there are tons of species of Gracilaria and they often look completely different. Google Graciliaria curtissae.
     
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    Thanks @Lord_Blackadder. That's the one. I can read up more about it. Do you know if it can become a nuisance algae?
     
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    Not usually a problem, fairly slow growing.
     
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    i have this algae, tangs will eat it very quickly it is nitophyllum also known as red dictyota

    sometimes- it is a desirable algae and never a nuisance

    more concerning is hair algae in background either derbesia or bryopsis
     
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    Lol, yeah. dealing with it slowly but surely. Its not bryopsis. This algae is growing over it though. So its helping with the nuisance algae.
     
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