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Old 03-05-2011, 03:21 AM   #11
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I've had no caroline growth either, so I'm gonna follow this thread see where it leads. The odd thing about the lighting is my tank came with 10000Kelvin lights, but the manufacturer recommended to use 15000kelvin marine white and 20000kelvin blues. My lights are 4x 54W T5. I've been waiting for the dealer to get me the right size reflectors for my 1200mm long tubes as the manufacturer says it'll double the output. Perhaps once those are installed I'll start seeing an improvement.

About half of m LR came with caroline which hasn't diminished but no new growth either.

My Calcium levels are good, anywhere between 570mg/l - 600mg/l

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:39 AM   #12
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I've had no caroline growth either, so I'm gonna follow this thread see where it leads.

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I too will follow this thread as I have no growth either but have only had the tank running for a GOOOD 4 months only. I too am installing a current 96w x4 36" PC fixture. Two daylights and two 420 blues.
Also, two 175w metal hilide pandants (I think they are called?)


Is this going tobe sufficant for most corals?? Or should I look into a newer t-5 fixture?
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:33 AM   #13
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Ya u meen halide lol yes they should support most corals lol.. but yea i don't see coraline growing what am I doing wrong?
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:45 AM   #14
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Not having patients....
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:58 AM   #15
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Here's an old post I made a couple years ago, and recently relinked to...

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It's some photos every few months of when I started my tank. As you can see, coraline doesn't happen overnight. But once it reaches "critical mass", it will take off.

A couple comments:

Compact Fluorescent lighting will grow coraline just fine. I guarantee it. In fact, coraline doesn't really like high amounts of light. So 2x 96W will grow it just fine - it does in my tank. (And yeah... even though it looks like 4 tubes, you only have 2x 96W in a 36" fixture.)

If you don't know what your calcium and alkalinity levels are off the top of your head, that is probably a good place to start in trying to figure out why its not growing. You need a calcium level above 380, preferably above 400. Your alkalinity should be between 8 and 12 dKh. If either of these things is out of whack, that's probably your problem.

Additionally... you need coraline to grow coraline. So if your tank was started with 100% dead dry base rock, coraline just isn't going to happen. It has to come in on something.
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Ok thanx I found the thread and pics helpful.. the only thing that kind of bothers me is that all my parameters are near perfect and I've had the tank with the liverock set up for about 3 years that's what's weird about it cuz I have been very patient/:
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:28 AM   #17
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C how bad my algae is?/:
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:09 AM   #18
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Here you go I found this, hope it helps!

If you are starting a new saltwater aquarium and want to transfer some of your beneficial coralline algae to the new setup, simply scrape some of it off and transfer it to the cured live rock. To ensure growth, keep calcium concentrations near 420 mg/L and maintain carbonate hardness above 8 dKH, and consider products such as Purple Up, designed to promote the growth of coralline algae.
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Here again I said id folllow this thread about growing coraline, this is a pretty new Aqua clear power head. No older than 4 months and I noticed LITTLE specs or purple coraline growing on it.... this is a 2 month running tank with about 40lb live rock. And adding 10lb more after it is done in quarentine.
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Well if its hard and duznt come off easily then it must be coraline algae..
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