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Old 06-22-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Strange Algae

I noticed some type of algae growing all over the very top, and back of my tank. It looks like a miniature fern leaf & about 1" long. Does anyone have any information about this algae? Should I be concerned? I have 4 Chromis and 1 Clown, they haven't touched the stuff. Would it be a good idea to pick up a Lawnmower Blenny?
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Old 06-22-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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I just picked out a leaf of that recenty, don't know what it is though. I assumed that since I'm having an algae problem, best to get rid of it.

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Old 06-22-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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Most likely fern caulerpa, a macroalgae. The stuff is great for exporting nutrients (phosphate, nitrate) however it can being a pest algae because if left unpruned it can take over the entire tank (suffocating out corals and other invertebrates).

Tangs will definitely eat it. However, I'm not sure about a lawnmower blenny. HTH
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That's exactly what it is. I just did a google search and found it. The consensus is to get it out? I have a 29 gal, so I don't think a Tang would be appropriate. Anyone have any luck with Blennies eating the stuff? Kudos Zooz...
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Oh yeah, I've got that stuff. I can tell you it grows and spreads pretty quick. I know Astrea snails don't eat it. Best thing I've found so far is just reaching in and pulling it out when I see it. Still waiting to see if my new Tang eats it.
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:05 PM   #6
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how much is there? Just pull it out of the tank..
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Not a ton yet, but from what I'm being told, it's a good idea to get rid of it now. Thanks for all the help guys.
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I had some, then I added emerald crabs and it vanished. I watched my largest one rip it off a the lr one day. Kind of amusing. No problems since.
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