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Old 02-12-2005, 01:17 PM   #1
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Hello everyone....I just wanted to know if there was something out there that I could purchase or do that will promote coraline growth? Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-12-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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I'm by no means an expert, but what I've found is keeping the calcium up (say, above 400), and the phosphates down. But even more than that, is to have enough lighting. I recently upgraded from 50/50 flourscents to 4x65 PC, and it makes all the difference in the world.
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I noticed whenn I started to put that 2 part Kent stuff into my tank coraline algea started growing like crazy.
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One of the greatest things that I noticed anectodaly to promote coraline growth is reef vital DNA. I couldnt understand why, but I took some diluted it, and checked it out on a high power inverted microscope, and bingo. There is a VERY high density of ~5 different species of coraline algae. That will get things jump started. After that, you have to have high calcium and alkalinity and you will have a purple tank.

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You need to test for calcium and alkalinity and use additives to keep the Cal around 400-450 and the alk around 9.5-11. Too much light will slow growth. I have NO strip light on my fowlr and I have a ton of coralline algae on my LR. Just keep the alk and cal in balance
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I have been told that strontium will help with the spread of coralline and the calcium will help keep it healthy. This info is from a trusted LFS but I have never read or seen this info anywhere else.
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...agreed overall.

The keys:

1) 4 watts of lighting per gallon (don't know about deeper tanks)
2) Calcium 400+ with Strontium
3) Good water flow
4) Vitamin suppliments

Note: when coraline grows, it will lapse for 1 month and then start to grow faster

Try: Seachem Reef Grow (watch PH levels) / Seachem Reef Suppliment (refrigerate)
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B-Ionic once a day dose keeps calcium and alkalinity stable.
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