Wierd algae

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  1. Franna29

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    Hey guys. I gave been seeing this spot for a while now and looks like cyano. But it is more velvitty rather than slimey. Anyone have a idea whar this is and is it harmful

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  3. D3m0n369

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    It looks like that cotton candy agea kak. My tank is over run with it. Cant get rid of mine. I try to remove it manually but within a week its back.
     
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    Good to know.. thanx. Will have to make a plan then.. disrupt my entire scaping to get rock out..
     
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    I am gonna take some of the rocks out this weekend to see if i kan kill it. Other forums suggest an urchin and i think mexican turbo snails eat it but thats not a cure.
     
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    Kill it. Make it suffer so bad it friends will be scared to come to your tank. Thats the best way hahaha
     
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    Sorry I might have missed the algea but are you referring to the pink/purplish algea? if so that caroline good stuff that
     
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    @FoundNemo coraline algea is awsome, but this the soft bushy velvet like coral which is nasty stuff. Tuff to get rid of.
     
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    Is it caused from a low flow in that area? Best to find the cause rather than a work around. Find the cause and you can eliminate it without trying different livestock. Fixing the cause is the cure.
     
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    As far as my knowledge go its coralline, mine is still in cycling but using very mature rock and it only grows on them, on the Rock from the lfs there is nothing
     
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    Coralline is deeper in the rock. This is fluffy cyano type algae. Others can confirm cause I'm not 100% sure either but I Coralline is a very hard type of algae.
     
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    Definitely cyano' more flow', and a algae scrubber works well to give the algae a place to grow in your sump and not the DT run lights opposite to main lights in sump. Happy Reefing.
     
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    Agree on the more flow. Cyano likes the low flow places.
    I've read a bit on a algae scrubber. Quick question: Why should the lights run opposite?
     
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    Helps maintain a more stable pH by removing the CO2 produced in the main tank during the night (nocturnal photo period) while maintaining a saturated Dissolved Oxygen level and so a more consistent pH level within the tank.
     
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    Ahh makes perfect sense.

    Thanks
     
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    Well said @Rob13. Thumbs up
     
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    Does not look for me like Cotton Algae.
    This is how I know cotton algae, fuzzy ball

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    Awsome article Riaan. mine is the one pictured above but on a large scale. Removal is easy but grow back very fast.
     
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    Lobophora sounds more like the one I have.
     
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