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Old 05-26-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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coralline growing fast but not purple

I am starting to get great coralline growth on the back glass, PHs and live rock....but it's more whitish, not purple. is my lighting causing this? Is there anything I can do to make it more purple? Is there some trace element missing maybe? Tank is a 30 long with 4x39 watt T5s, 2 10000K and 2 actinic.
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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I would Not recomend adding anything with out testing 1st . I have noticed that mine too sometimes grows in white then eventually colors in . Some times it is just too much light in those spots ...
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It usually starts with those colors and fills in with the darker colors later on as Ms SadieLynn said.
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OK then I will just be patient! Thanks! I'm just happy it's growing, and taking that as a sign that things are well in the tank.
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My coralline algae spread the same way. I first thought that it was die-off, and but realized there was nothing there to die-off. A few weeks later, my tank was blooming with the desired purple/pink color. Patience always pays off and there is no need for any chemicals. Hope that helps.
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Be careful what you wish for. Before long it will be all over your rock and your glass and equipment. LOL
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Is to much a bad thing?
If so how can yo controll it?
I'm guessing a simple cleaning will help but just to be sure I figured I'd ask
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Too much is when you can't see into your tank. It is a personal preference. I have my 55 in the middle of the room, so I scrape it off all my glass. My 125 is in a corner. I don't scrape the back or the other side that is also next to the wall.
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How many colors does coraline grow in? I think i have a bright green coraline. it looks almost radioactive.
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To tell you the truth, there are porbably 100s or 1000s of coraline species. Most common seem to be dark red, green, and purple. I think I have seen yellow.
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