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Old 11-19-2002, 10:00 PM   #1
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Can anybody ID this Algae

I have this unknown type of algae growing on my LR.
I can not brush it away, My Kole tang and Sailfin Blennie won't touch it.
I can not remove all the LR that is affected to scrub it off due to Anenome being attached to the large LR.
This is a 30 gal long tank with a 3" - 4" crushed coral bed, using an Aquaclear 200 with a foam block and Chemi-pure pouch also a Prizm protein skimmer. I am doing Bi- weekly 5 gal. water changes R/O HIS unit from Kent. All levels are well within there parameters.
Lighting is a 65 watt smart lite setup on 10 hours a day.
I also have a PH with a spray bar attached running when lights are on.
Im afraid it might be Bryopsis Algae. Anybody have any ideas.
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Forgot to put the algae pic. in

This is the Algae I think is Bryopsis Algae
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it just looks like hair algae to me. of course im not an expert.
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I forgot to add it is very coarse kind of like steel wool
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ive got one patch about 1" in diameter in my tank. it hasnt spread yet. i thought it might have been a macroalgae. when i bought the tank the former owner had several different varities of macro in the tank.
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Anybody have any Ideas, I would like to get rid of it if it is bad.
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I have that on one of my star polyp rocks and it has literally suffocated the whole rock....very few of the polyps left. I have tried manually removing it, but its wrapped so tight around the polyps, that it removes them as well.
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http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq/img/faq_bryopsis.jpg

http://omp.gso.uri.edu/discovery/bio...e/Bryopsis.jpg

Here are a couple of pics of bryopsis, from the looks of the tufts it could be bryopsis, but I can't see if it has the tell tale fern/feather like appearance. Bryopsis is coarser than derbesia, but not as course as cladophora. From the pic it appears to me, that the algae is cladophora or cladophoropsis. Tangs don't like it, the texture is probably too tough and snails can only control small turfs of this stuff. I would use a bottle brush or pipe brush and stick it in the middle of it and twirl. This will help remove alot of it. Try giving your herbivores a head start, scrubbing as much off as possible. Check all make up and top off water for nitrates and phosphates as well as your GAC (if you use it). Most hair algae can be associated with phosphates. Don't overfeed, many foods are loaded with organic phosphates, which can't be read by most hobbiest level kits, but are utilized by the algaes.
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I just read in this thread, that you are using a canister filter and a hangon filter in your reef. This could very well be a source of fuel for your hair algae. I would recommend that you take the advise offered in that thread and remove them, or at least empty the and use them just for water movement.
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