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Old 01-21-2006, 01:04 AM   #1
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caulerpa algae.

Where can i get some , and do any of you have some in your reef tanks? It seems to be very hard to find.
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Check with a guy named "Ducky" in the forum. I think he has some from time to time.
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Personally, I wouldn't put caulerpa in my reef tank. This stuff grows pretty fast and once it gets a foot hold, it's very hard to get rid of. Also, it goes sexually and needs constant pruning. Chaetomorpha is a better option. Check/watch the classifieds and barter/trade listings.
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I have tons, its never gone sexual, and I think its a great nitrate reducer, chaeto wasn't as prolific for me. Would be glad to send you some.
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I would love if you could send me some. I will pay shipping or a fee for them whatever you would like. My name is andre and my address is 3667 king george drive, orlando , florida 32835. just let me know how you would like to do it and it would be very much appreciated.
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There was a documentary done on caulerpa algae. You should check it out. Here are just a few sites to check out as well. Lots of people keep it but it needs to be pruned regularly and it grows fast. It is a mixed blessing as you'll find out. It would be a great plant for a refugium. Please read about the toxicity, etc. Good luck.

http://www.hawaii.edu/reefalgae/inva..._taxifolia.htm

http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/hcd/caulerpa.htm

http://www.mbnms.nos.noaa.gov/Resear.../Caulerpa.html
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I have tons, its never gone sexual,
You are sitting on a ticking timebomb. It WILL go sexual unless you are pruning it very regularly. On the lines of pruning, this stuff is so prolific
that it can cover your rock and corals in no time. There are MANY more acceptable alternatives out there.
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Lots of people keep it but it needs to be pruned regularly and it grows fast. It is a mixed blessing as you'll find out. It would be a great plant for a refugium.
Cindy - it is so funny you said this the other day to me - now my caulerpa is growing like crazy! It has been fine - growing at a very controllable rate - right up until you said that! 8O
And suddenly, I have what looks like tiny little white flowers growing on it. I keep pruning it (like every other day) and more and more runners pop up. Thank goodness for the refugium I started. All the cuttings are going right in there.

drdre - I would listen to Fluff if I were you - she's been right-on with her advice.
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Hey Fluff do you have any of those links for Grape Calerpa. I keep my fuge full of it and feed my tangs with it. I believe the secret to keeping it from going sexual is keeping it in your fuge only and keeping lights on 24/7. But I have heard what the advisors are saying to be true. And without predators of this macro algea in your tank it will overtake your tank. I`d listen to them also.
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I have just about every version of calerpa in my tank. It is everywhere, but it started out just in the refugium. I agree that it will go crazy very quickly and it does take constant pruning. Originally, I had chaeto in my tank; it died out before I put the calerpa in the tank. I like zuzecawi had very poor luck with it.

I have had my tank over two years and have had the calerpa in it the whole time. It has never gone sexual. In the next few weeks I plan to purchase a rabbitfish to help me with pruning for the simple fact that Fluff and Hara are right, it will eventually happen.
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