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Old 11-20-2003, 09:55 PM   #1
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Two questions? Purple alage?Activated carbon in reef

I have a purple alage growing on sand in spots and on glass.It does not look like slime . What is it?


Does anyone run activated carbon in there reefs?


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sounds like coralline. If it is then its good and you want as much as you can get. It prevents nuisance algae like brown/green from forming all over your tank.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:09 PM   #3
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I agree with biotoxin, sounds like coralline to me. That is the algae you want.

As far as the carbon goes, yes, I run it in my tank 24/7. Also use Purigen as well.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:32 PM   #4
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What is Purigen

What is Purigen ? Thanks Dewey
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:30 PM   #5
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What is Purigen
http://www.seachem.com/en_products/p...6_purigen.html

It is a nitrogenous waste removal product. This means that it primarily removes ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. I use it only as a supplemental means of nitrate removal since my ammonia and nitrite are at zero anyway (like they should be in any properly setup tank). Nice thing about it is that it can be recharged over and over again.
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You recharge it by soaking it in a high-concentrate of salt water... Correct?
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Old 11-21-2003, 01:06 PM   #7
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You recharge it by soaking it in a high-concentrate of salt water... Correct?
Actually, no. Here are the directions from Seachem:

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Cover with a 1:1 dilution of household bleach for 24 hours. Soak material in a plastic container in a well ventilated area away from children. Use appropriate caution for bleach. Rinse well, then cover for 8 hours with solution containing 2 tablespoons of Safeô, Primeô, or equivalent dechlorinator per cup of water. Rinse well.
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Wow... the bleach part makes me antsy... but I guess the dechlor will remove the remaining solution after you rinse it well?
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Yes, that is correct. Bleach is basically chlorine anyway with a few added chemicals. As long as it is soaked in the dechlorinator and then rinsed well, it should be fine. I would probably soak it in FW for another 24 hours just incase.
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It actually might be easier to just buy more of it, I still wouldnt want to take that big of a risk, losing my entire ecosystem over that.
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