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Old 03-12-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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How can u get the alge to grow on your live rock fast im talking about the purple and other colors and what not? Is it just something that happens over time or a chemical or Something i can add in the tank?
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It's Coraline algae. Yes there are products that make it grow everywhere, but it will coat your glass too. You can also take an unused tooth brush and scrape some off other rocks and hope that it settles on another rock.
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No, there are no products that will make it grow any faster. Correct parameters and time (and of course the presence of the algae in the first place) is all you need.
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Does the algue spread only by touching an other rock or it can pop up on any rock?
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Really? I swear someone mentioned one called Coraline-Grow somewhere.
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Really? I swear someone mentioned one called Coraline-Grow somewhere.

Oh they sell them, but they don't do anything but mess with your calcium levels.
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Think about it- it's a calcium based algae. How would you speed it's growth? Too much calcium would crash the alk. What else would make an algae grow? Things like "purple up" and "coralline grow" are just snake oil, since you can't pour a bottle of calcium and alk supplement in a tank at one time and see positive results.
Good parameters are the best you can do. Scraping it off of the rock with a knife and letting it blow all over will give you the glass and other rocks effect you mentioned.
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Oh I said they exist not they work. I've never added a chemical to my tank I never will.
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1st you want it real bad then you get sick if scraping it off your glass weekly.
Coraline Algae forming naturally is a good sign for a reef tank. When it appears you know your doing something right.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:45 PM   #10
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Ok now it grow if theres no coral correct?
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