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Old 01-10-2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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What does dying algae look like??

I have had algae in my tank for awhile now and now in some spots there is a white powdery substance where algae was. Could this be algae die off??

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Old 01-10-2005, 02:40 PM   #2
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Josh different algaes die in different ways. Most will turn a white transparent color and then fade away. Normally thier is not a residue, it sounds more like the algae died, went away and now you have a bald spot with some detritus on it. Blow it off and the algae shouldnt come back to it.


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I had some just disentigrate on me.... it went from a plant to a pile of mush...
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I have both grape caulerpa and Halimeda (sp?) do that. It is a form of reproduction. It happens incredibly fast..so fast that you can almost see it happen if you watch for an hour or so.

Some people are concerned that causes a sudden release of nutrients to the water, but I have not seen anything dramatic come of it.
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I think it caused my nitrates to go up a little...... I got the algae out of there... as much as I could scoop anyway....
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