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Old 07-21-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
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caulerpa

My friend gave me some caulerpa and maiden hair from her tank. What can I do to make sure the caulerpa doesn't go sexual???
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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what kind is it and where do you plan on keeping it... Most keep there lights on 24/7 to keep it happy. If your putting it in your tank then keeping the lights on 24/7 is not an option.
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I have it in my fuge and it is grape caulpera.
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AHHHHH grape caluerpa I have had that and it went sexual in my reef 3 times.. It is great for nutrient export but is know for going sexual.
You need to light for 24/7 and prune on a regular basis. I have read that if you start to see little shoots(roots) coming off the vine then its getting ready to go sexual. I tossed out all mine after the 3rd time.. I was not running lights 24/7 when I had the grape.
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I grow it in my refuge and never had any problem with it. I pull a big ball of it out to feed my tangs every week and its gone in a few days. I leave my lights on 24/7 but I think your suppose to turn them on oppisite your main lights. In other words have them on when the main lights are off and vice versa. This is the favorite food of my tangs
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I pull a big ball of it out to feed my tangs every week and its gone in a few days.
Are you growing it for food for your tangs or for nutrient export? If you are growing it for food, that's fine. However, if you put it back into your display tank, all of the Nitrogenous compounds and Phosphates that it had absorbed, is now being pooped back out into your display tank for algaes and bacteria to grab.
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Never had an algea problem in 6 years and I feed my tangs every week Grape Calerpa from the fuge
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I'm sorry.

I didn't intend to indicate that you were necessarily going to get algae from feeding Caulerpa from your fuge to your tank. I was trying to point out that whenever someone does this, they are not doing an export. They are just moving the nutrients within the same closed system. As an average, only 10% of the nutrients that a critter eats remains in that critter and the rest goes back into the system. It sounds like you have a lot of other good export mechanisms in place and this hasn't been a problem for you.
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I also use it to feed my tangs once in a while. I trim the ends and just toss them in the main. They are also good for them because it helps them with their immune system.
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