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Old 03-11-2005, 07:08 AM   #11
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Yes, it can spread to the main.


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Old 03-11-2005, 10:02 PM   #12
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You definitely want to use caution and make sure it doesn't get in the main tank. I have seen it grown in main tanks but it will probably be a headache keeping it pruned reasonably imo.

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Caleurpa taxifolia I think it's called, does go asexual (I think that's the term) - as opposed to "sexual". I think it can be from too much lighting or unpruned reproduction.

Look into chaetomorpha, commonly called chaeto. The better of the macro-algaes so I've read. Won't go asexual and cause problems. Somebody with some energy this time of night should do a google and find some good info to back me up. I'm too sleepy.

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What type of cauluerpa do you have?
It releases nutrients/spores back into the tank when it goes sexual, not sure I would consider it toxic... Is it good- No.
I had my grape go sexual in my 125 reef 3 times and it looked like someone just dumped a carton of milk into my tank... Did it kill, harm anything, No. I just put some fresh carbon in the tank and took out the now limp, white/clear colored grape caulerpa and tossed it.
I was not running my lights 24/7 and it always went sexual about an hour after the lights came on.
I now have taken all the grape out and run cheto and mexicana and have my lights run 24/7 with no issues.
IMO I would get some new type of macroalgae and toss the grape caulerpa.
no issue spreading to the main tank if it goes sexual. Like I said it happened to me 3 times with no problems... Just a bad looking tank for half a day.

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