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Old 07-01-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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placing caulerpa in the tank.

I have a massive bloom of Cyano and Diatoms in my tank. I think the most responsive way of getting rid of this is to introduce caulerpa into the system. I have done it before with amazing results. I have read that caulerpa takes up excess nutrients like nitrates and phosphates that encourage algae to grow. I am worried that my tang will go after the caulerpa instead of the nori. I have a HOB filter, but i am worried how the light will get to it.

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The Tang will definitely eat up the caulerpa. I actually had caulerpa taking over my 90 gal tank. Got a tang and it was impressive how fast he ate it all up. I'll go out on a limb here and say that caulerpa doesn't stand a chance with a tang.
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Old 07-01-2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Basically i am trying to get the nutrients out so that my cyano and diatoms go away. Maybe a in-tank refugium? An acrylic box that hangs inside with holes drilled in it?
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If the tang can't get to it, then it should be fine. It grew really fast for me. I'm in the process of setting up a HOB refugium myself. I'll probably put some caulerpa in there. I've read it can go sexual and get to the display but that's just free tang food.
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IMO caluerpa will not get rid of cyno.. I have a fuge packed with macro and i had a problem with cyno.
Will it help with diatom maybe.. Good luck algae is a PIA.
What type of water do you use... and have you tested yout top off water for NO3 and PO4
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Old 07-02-2005, 12:47 AM   #6
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Not every tang will consume caulerpa. Some will and some won't. In a tank, there is more of a limitation as to how much effect it will have on the amount of cyano and diatoms posing a problem in your tank. If you could, the caulerpa, and maybe you should consider cheato instead, would be more effective in out-competing the cyano and diatoms for the nutrients, etc. in the tank if you have it growing in a refugium with the light above it on during the hours when the lighting on your show tank is off.
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anyways, i added a propogule tree into the tank, too thick for the tang to nip at. Hope that it helps with reducing the phosphate and nitrates. I wouldnt have the cyano if i didnt have either nitrates or phosphate, so there is no need for me to test it.
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But it will remove a lot of the nitrates in your tank.
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...which is a good thing
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Livestock:2-Ocellaris Clownfish;9-Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs;1-Regal Tang;Zoanthids, Pineapple Brain coral, Sebae Anemone, Colt Coral, Galaxea
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What's a propogule tree?
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