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Old 02-16-2011, 10:49 AM   #21
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High water quality will keep nutrients low to starve algae, but tanks will always favor some type of algae. Until your tank matures enough to favor coralline it will favor problematic algaes. This is where light intensity comes in to play. Lots of light means lots of algae. If it was just a matter of spending the money now or later it would just be preference, but you could create problems by having too much light before your tank is ready for it. If you get a four or six bulb fixture try to get one with multiple plugs. This allows for better control over your lighting schedule (two bulbs on and off at a time to simulate dawn and dusk) as well as allow you to only use the bulbs needed until your tank matures.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #22
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what are the noticeable differences between coraline and problematic algaes?
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:12 PM   #23
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algae is soft coraline is hard
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ahh, thats what i thought. how long does it usually take for a tank to reach that changing point?

and if i put in rock that already has coraline algae will that speed things up?
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coralline algae take time to take place, usually starts with purple and is cause from calcium and good water quality.

You will start developing purple coralline after about 6 months normally. Putting other coralline rocks will not speed things up but it will look nice until the others catch up.

I am not sure what you mean by changing point?
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thats what i was asking was how lobg it usually takes for the coraline to start growing. all of myrocks right now have coraline on them, some purple, some other dull colors, and my newest rocks are completely pink with a touch of reddish hwre an there, not sure if its all coraline or not
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where did you get the LR from?

Is the red soft or hard? if it moves its algae if its permanent and does not come off its coralline
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i got them from my lfs, im not positive of their origins. the pink is hard, i didnt pay attention to whether the redwas or not, i believe it is though.
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its rare to get LR from LFS with coralline on it, normally it is just barely cured before they sell it, so you are lucky!

I highly doubt it is algae
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