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Old 02-02-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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Coraline Algae Growth

What kind of additives do I need to add to the water to get my coraline algae to grow rapidly. My calcium is in good shape but I need to know what else will help. My lr.com order will be here in the morning and I would like to have some to start from day one.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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I have been told that the calcium will help it but strontium will assist it most. I use seachems reef complete and reef builder. My coralline has spread quick and looks great.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:49 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the answer is time. Mine took 6 months before it really started taking off. Good CA and ALK levels are also needed. You may be suprised to see your Coralline actually recede for the first month or so after you add your LR.
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B-Ionic. My coraline growth was pretty fast before I started dosing B-Ionic but it has really taken off since I started dosing that. I keep Ca, Alk & mg test kids on hand and test before dosing. I'm using Reef Crystals salt so my Alk comes out of the bucket pretty high. I generally have to add Ca before I have to add Alk to the tank.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:29 AM   #5
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Coraline Algae growth

Check your calcium levels with a test kit. Add calcium supplement to the water at about 410ppm to 420ppm, Do not exceed 420ppm as you could create a chain reaction where as all the calcium is removed from your system. Do this for a few months, it worked for me. But as Phases99 stated "time" is definetely a factor when looking for coraline. Heres a pic of my coraline covered glass after 1 year of following my regime.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:49 AM   #6
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I agree with everything said above, but also consider phosphates. A tank high in phosphates will inhibit coralline growth. Just something to consider. HTH
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if your doing a reef chuck the idea of correline and get some fast spreading encrusting corals like star polyps..........
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Just a quick question along the same lines. Is coraline algea that hard stuff that grows on the glass if you look close it looks like a little swirl?
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I think the little swirls are a type of filter feeding worm (like a feather duster, but much smaller).
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The coralline will be in circular patches but should not have swirls.
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