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Red Tide or What

Discussion in 'Saltwater Illness and Disease' started by stokesrl, Aug 13, 2011.

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    I have had some stuff that keeps covering the walls of my tank on top of my coralline algae. It doesn'r really grow on anything else. It varies between brow/rust and a crimson color. It has a texture similar to velvet. It is very very difficult to scape off. Here is a photo:
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    I have 20k metal halides and 420 power compacts. Water PARMS are good.

    Any Ideas would be appreciated
     
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    it's a fuzzy algae, a good turbo snail will eat it

    or it could be bryopsis.. in which increase your Mg to over normal params to kill it
     
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    bryopsis is green, right? I've got some turbos... Maybe I need need to fire.
     
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    Not quite that simple. Simply dosing Mag to 1500-2000 levels does not seem to have any effect on hair algae. It is something within Kent Tech-M when used to raise mag to close to 2000 that seems to kill it. Simply dosing Mag supplement from Bulkreefsupply or B-Ionic doesn't seem to have any effect on hair algae but I don't think that is what the OP has anyway.

    Turbo snails seem to get "lazy" after a few months and don't do nearly as much work as they do initially. I would toss in a couple new turbos and see how they act. It is a cheap way to try and solve it and if it doesn't you have a couple new cleaners anyway.
     
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    Sounds like turf algae if it is more encrusting but soft. My recommendation would be a tuxedo urchin and some new turbos like Ace mentioned. Of course scraping the glass and siphoning it out would work too :)
     

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