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Old 06-16-2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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Starting to get coraline on front glass - leave it for now?

Since I added a 4x65w hood, I'm getting some really strong growth of green coraline, with patches of pink/purple here and there, on the very bottom of my front glass - its faintly covering the bottom 2" or so, almost all the way across.

There's also some growing on the back glass, and the sides, and on my overflow box. Pink/purple patches are appearing everywhere.

Should I leave this alone on my front glass, until its got a good growth on the back and/or sites and on the LR? It doesn't look great, but I don't want to hamper its growth elsewhere in the tank by removing it. Or would it *help* the rest of the tank to remove it from the front glass?
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:30 PM   #2
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I'm interested in a response to this too!
I've got a tank that's viewable from the front and back, so for the past 6 months I've been scraping the coraline off both sides.
Lately I've been less inclined to do the back of the tank in hopes the more that exists in the tank will promote more growth on the rock.
I'm being patient on the growth.. I know it takes a long while for the system to 'bounce back'... but it's been 7 months..
I will admit that I have some sort of plating coraline that is doing well and spreading over a certain rock. (kinda a putty colored.. I think brendan posted a picture of some at some point)
But the deep reds and purples seem to be very slow growing despite me keeping calcium levels good and good water quality.

Does coraline use spores to spread or what?
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:36 PM   #3
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You can turn off your skimmer and remove any mechanical filtration for a couple hours, then scrape the coralline off in order to spread the "spores" through out the tank. Coralline tends to grow faster on smooth surfaces like glass or plastic. It just needs some more time to cover your rock.
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:48 PM   #4
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Scrape it while you can, if you let it go too long it can be hard to remove. The ends of my reef are covered and it is almost impossible to get it off, I wish I never let it go so long..
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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I would not leave it. Scraping it off will help reseed it elsewhere.
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:51 PM   #6
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it is almost impossible to get it off,
A none serated knife blade or metal scraper will take it right off. I removed over a years worth from my back glass in about 15 minutes. HTH
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
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You guys are right, its not easy to get off, not at all. The magnetic cleaner isn't doing it at all, I'm going to have to get something else - I've got some one-sided razor blades that would probably do the trick just find.

How about the back glass though? This isn't viewable from both sides, looks like, from pics, most people let it grow there, unhindered...
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Razor blades are what i use.

Razor Blade=1
Carraline=0
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Up and running less than 3 months. I've been scraping it all off the glass and all my rocks getting any light are covered in green with purple spots here n there. I did have a large piece of lr very covered to start with.
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:08 PM   #10
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letting it grow on the back IMO makes the tank look nice... Some people don't like it on the glass and just want it on the LR. ITs your choice.

I have a 3" blade for cleaning floors and it is super sharp and I still have problems cleaning the year old plus coraline. It is work and it makes the tank a pink mess, so stay on top of it is my advice.
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