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Old 09-07-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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Red Plant Has Spread ALL Through Tank..Now an Eyesore (PICS)

I have enclosed a picture of a Nice Red Plant that grew in 1 spot from my Live Rock from LR.COM. It was a neat plant....nice and Red. Hermits would climb it. It was nice.

NOW I has invaded my ENTIRE TANK! It is growing ALL OVER my all of my Live Rock...Some has even attached itself and growing on my Power Heads!!! It is awful!!!

I have tried to remove some with tweezers...but it seems like the roots have embedded themselves deep the rock!

Does anyone have any idea on how to get rid of a plant like this??

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Wow I would like to have some of that red plant in my tank.......But if it has spead that bad I dont know how to get rid off it...sent some my way
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Gotta tell ya it looks rather nice. Can you submit a pic of the whole tank though?
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:53 AM   #4
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That is a very nice plant. Do you know what it is? Anyways, I would day grab a nice hold of them and give them a nice hard pull with your other hand supporting the rock that it is attached too. If that fails you can always cut them back to the base and just trim them when they get to large again.
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:03 AM   #5
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It did look nice...when there was only 1 plant of it.

Tank is dark now...I will try to get a new picture tomorrow. It has been trimmed last week...so it does not look as bad as some weeks.

No takers on IDing the plant?? Is there Weed Remover for Reef tanks?

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Old 09-09-2005, 09:21 AM   #6
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Hmm, I have no idea. Is it as fuzzy as it appears or are the tips bubbled?
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I take it your lm blenny wants nothing to do with it?

as far as getting rid of it, manual removal, followed by total dark for a couple weeks may do it. I noticed there were no corals mentioned in
your tank inhabitants so you should be ok turning off the lights.

You might also want to give a call to whoever you got your liverock from, they are usually pretty good at knowing what types of life can be found on their rock.
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I can offer no advice, but I want to see a pick of it gone wild!
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snip it with some trimming scissors....
and send some to me
I'd love to have it
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It might be H. gibbesii if you bought your LR from the gulf coast... Looks puffy right? If not then it migt be a Gracilaria spp., but I doubt it because of its puffiness.
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