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Old 05-31-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Coraline algae, how vital is it?

I'm wondering how big a role coralline algae plays in helping maintain reef parameters.

I read recently that coralline algae is big factor in the de-nitrification process, breaking down nitrate. It makes sense as most algae utilize nitrate and phosphate. (wish I could find that link again )

What has been your experience and do you think coralline is vital part of a healthy reef system?

Do think the size/amount and health of the coralline algae in a system has a direct correlation to the nitrate/phosphate levels?

Also, any tips on how to promote it's growth? I have a few patches here and there of purple/pink, 3 hermits whose shells are covered and a small rock covered, but it seems to not want to grow elsewhere or very fast.
I do have spots of white and green coralline growing on the back/sides, but it's ugly.

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I don't think it does much except use up elements (calcium as well) and makes the rock purple. I think it's completely unnecessary for a healthy system. It's the reason I don't use halimeda in my refugium- I save calcium for the corals.
Take some of the coralline and crush it up in front of the power head. It will spread all over the place in a short time.

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Yea, it doesn't do much but eat up alk and cal in the tank, and make your arm hurt from scraping the stuff off the glass. No reason to have it in your tank.
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Then I guess I'll be happy with the few spots I have...:p
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only in one of my tanks could i ever get corralline to grow its not a big deal if you dont have it
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