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Old 03-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Remove coraline algae

Is it possible to remove coraline algae from an established FOWLR tank without removing livestock? Would keeping the lights off over a long period of time work, doesn't sound like it would...
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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if its on the glass just scrape it off.. I don't see any reason on removing it unless its on the glass. where on the tank are u trying to remove it from?
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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if its on the glass just scrape it off.. I don't see any reason on removing it unless its on the glass. where on the tank are u trying to remove it from?
Thanks for the reply, I would like to rid it from the entire system. So scraping it will just let it settle elsewhere. Not sure if I can remove it without taking the aquarium down...
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Not sure if cutting the lights would do it... new to SW tanks myself. I just put some cured LR in my system with some coraline on it, so I am just curious as to why you want to remove it?
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Yeah, me too. Most people want it covering their stuff. It looks good. Did you perhaps mean a different kind of nuisance algae?

Or if it is your preference to remove it from your system, I reckon lowering calcium and alk levels would help. Or at least stop it from growing.
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Not sure if cutting the lights would do it... new to SW tanks myself. I just put some cured LR in my system with some coraline on it, so I am just curious as to why you want to remove it?
Mainly because I'm setting up a new reef tank and making my old one FOWLR and just want to make it a little more maintenance free and simply just like the clean look without it. I'm still going to promote the growth of coraline in my reef tank. May sound mad but I was just curious if anyone knew how it could be done. I also don't think cutting the lights would do it, from the lights in the room it would probably continue to grow.
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Yeah, me too. Most people want it covering their stuff. It looks good. Did you perhaps mean a different kind of nuisance algae?

Or if it is your preference to remove it from your system, I reckon lowering calcium and alk levels would help. Or at least stop it from growing.
Yea it's purple coraline, just want a clean look with less work... Lowering calc could be the a good way to stunt it but doesn't sound like a good way to eradicate it... Hmmmm
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I would scrape it clean then lower the calcium and alk. Are you using a reef mix or just a regular salt?

A brand specifically for reef aquariums will be higher in calcium.
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I'll take some.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:27 PM   #10
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I would scrape it clean then lower the calcium and alk. Are you using a reef mix or just a regular salt?

A brand specifically for reef aquariums will be higher in calcium.
Thanks!

Sounds like a plan, I use the instant ocean mix.
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