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Old 11-10-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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Caulerpa Taxifolia taking over?

I got my LR about 3 weeks ago. There was a small patch of fern-like algae on it. It looks a lot like Caulerpa Taxifolia pictures. Taxifolia is known to quickly take over areas in the wild and nothing really eats it. I haven't found anything on the web that says it has been found in the Gulf of Mexico (where my LR came from) but it sure seems to be acting like it. I made the mistake of ripping out the plant before reading that mechanical removal just helps it spread. Now it's everywhere... on the glass, sand, rocks. I really hope it's not Taxifolia and that I can get something to eat it.

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Old 11-11-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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just keep on removal your best option

good luck keith
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:02 AM   #3
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why not a herbivore (tang)
they eat the stuff
another day
another dead brain cell
dont it suck?
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Old 11-14-2004, 05:28 PM   #4
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That is the exact stuff that has given me a lot of problems. Good to know what it is. I haven't found anything that likes to eat it, and my tank is too small to support a tang.

I've had success by physically removing it as often as possible, and working hard on the standby methods of limiting algae control (RO/DI water, less feeding etc.)

I went to the drug store and bought myself a denture toothbrush. I've found it very effective at scrubbing this particular algae off the rocks. It tends to grow in places where there is a small accumulation of loose sand on the LR. It won't grow well on clean live rock and it can't displace coraline. It just kills me to scrub my LR, but I had no choice. The coraline actually seems to thrive on the scrubbing, but there are a lot of other creatures that can be deathly harmed by a scrub.

Also, if some of it happens to grow in a spot that isn't too concerning...let it be. That clump will take the nutrients that are available and limit growth in other areas. (kind of the idea of a fuge, without a fuge)
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