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Old 04-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Coraline Algae ??

How do you get it ??

My tank is about 4 months old. Is this too young ?

Has anybody ever tried using a product such as
Carib Sea - Purple Up ?

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Best bet is getting a lr or snail that has some on it and scrap it off into tank. It has to be introduced.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Speaking through my experience, I used purple up about a year into my reef. It definitely worked BUT...... For awhile there my calcium kept dropping pretty low, and I'm thinking it was because the coraline started going ape which used a lot of calcium. I read a post on here a few months ago about someone wanting to speed up the process and a great response was be careful what you wish for. And that's the truth because I'm always scraping CA off the front and sides of my tank but it does look cool on the back. Take your time and don't rush it.
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My tank is only 10 weeks old and Im getting it all over my live rock recently. I didn't do anything but add some rock that had it already.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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Be careful what you wish for. Soon it will invade everything. Heater,thermometer, power heads etc etc etc...
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Calcium and alkalinity levels (along with magnesium) will cause it to spontaneously grow. Until those levels get high enough, no algae.

This is two weeks growth. It's a pain.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #7
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I always thought coraline algae is beneficial to the tank. Carib Purple up increases calcium for coraline and corals to consume. If it goes down it means it is being consumed faster than what you add. Take note that magnesium also affects the level of calcium. But to answer the poster's question "how do you get it?". You need to have a stable tank first and introduce a live rock with coraline algae then use that additive.
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If you are not growing coralline algae, you cannot grow any hard corals or clams. I highly suggest using a two part cal/alk additive and forget Purple Up.
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I always thought coraline algae is beneficial to the tank.
Not necessarily beneficial as much as an indicator of good tank health. I've got some, but thankfully I also have some asterina starfish keeping it in check...... I don't want it everywhere.
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Good point Greg and Frank!
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