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Old 01-14-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Cleaning Live Rock

My lfs recommended that I use a scrubbing brush (similar to a kitchen or bathroom brush) and scrub my lr of any undesirable algae. I am hesitant to do this, but thought it could be helpful. Does anyone on the forum practice scrubbing their lr? What algae colors would be considered undesirable? Currently I my color spectrum ranges from green, purple, red, deep red, brown, and white. I also have what appears to be a "turf" looking fuzzy growth. In another area I have large bubbles that are clear for the moment, but wonder if that is oxygen or the startings of a bubble algae.

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The fuzzy algea is hair algea. It is a nuisance algea. You can pull it out and scrub it if you want but if you dont take care of the source then it will come right back. Scrub it or siphon it out and then check these fuel factors.

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You know I've done ALL of those things short of a protein skimmer? But I just read that intresting thread on the best salt and wouldn't ya know I use IO...very interesting. Is the red color on the rock Cyano?
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We really need a pic to attempt to identify the algae.
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I use a turkey baster and blow on all my rock periodically... it then all floats around and gets sucked up my skimmer. Keeps things clean
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