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Old 07-20-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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Purple Algae

When I see other tanks live rock , there is a purple algae on 99.9% of them. What is this and do I want it?
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:01 AM   #2
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It's coraline algae. Very pretty and good stuff to have.
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You need a rock with coralline to "seed" the tank then maintain proper levels of ca, alk and mag and keep phosphate and nitrate levels down.
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Is This OK

I just purchased some live rock with Coraline algae ( sorry for the quality of pics ) and I did not even think about my puffer and hermit crabs. Are they going to be a problem?
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No problem. They don't bother it. Urchins will munch on it though.
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I agree, the puffer will munch on your LR to file down his fused teeth, but it should not be an issue.
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Coralline algea. As the others said it`s good stuff. Your LR has some good on it. It should seed the rest pretty good.
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I have used some additives in the past to "speed up" the Coraline growth. The best one was purple something or another...sorry can't remember the exact name. Otherwise patience will provide.
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It's called purple up. I prefer to do the natural way and not dose my tanks unless I really need to.
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