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Old 06-02-2005, 12:48 AM   #1
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How can I get my LR colourful?

Hey everyone,

Im just wondering how some people manage to get their LR to have all these beautiful purples whites and greens?

I have been struggling to do this for a while and cant manage to do it. Ive recently just moved my rock in my main tank and revealed some nice whites etc, but in a week or two they turn brown and ugly?

Any ideas would be great!

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Old 06-02-2005, 12:54 AM   #2
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YOu adding calcium to the tank? Otherwise it takes a while for a tank to produce and support coraline algae
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:04 AM   #3
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How old is your tank?
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:27 AM   #4
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about 12 months old.

whats the highest safest level of Calcium i need?

im adding it yes..

but unsure of what level i need it at
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You should be testing your calcium if your adding it test the calcium adn get back to us on what its at i like to keep mine about 420ppm
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Keep your calcium up. There are also coraline additives one can buy. I use "Purple Up" and "Coraline Stimulator." This helps my coraline grow thick and bright. 3 weeks after using this I started having coraline grow all over my tank. I'm not sure if it's sold in Australia though. HTH
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I have been adding b-ionic to my tank its a 2part additive for calc and alk....And works awesome, since i have been adding it to my tank it has been growing like crazy. (the coraline)
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Make sure when increasing calcium that you're maintaining the balance with alkalinity. If you don't, you'll have issues.
And don't dose calcium unless you can test for it.
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Coraline is a specific algae. If you don't have it in your tank to start with it won't grow and spread. If you want coraline in your tank you can either buy seed spores (like previously mentioned) or you can throw in a rock or two with the colors of coraline that you're interested in growing in your tank. In 6 months every rock in my tank is covered with it and so is anything that's plastic (baffles, power head, etc). I fight to keep it off of my glass!
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Not sure I 100% agree with that statement Phyl.
Like others say you need to have a balance of cal and alk. You need to get test kits and test the water. Most keep there Cal at 400-450 and alk at 9-10.5. If you need to use additives the make sure you add them slowly and not raise it too fast. I use b-ionic 2 part system and it works well.
What corals do you have? What type of water and lights do you have?
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