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Old 08-09-2008, 10:03 PM   #11
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I would periodically repeat the turkey baster and see about the rest.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:13 PM   #12
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I agree that you should keep up with the turkey baster to remove settling detritus and try to eliminate excess algae growth. Your alk is a bit low, but since the coral is a new addition I would not attempt to alter for a couple weeks and see how it does. I've noticed best growth when alk is above 3.0meq/l (3.5-4.meq/l) and ca above 400ppm (425+/-)...just something to think about
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Algae aside, that is one beautiful coral. I love that pink.

My hair was that colour not too long ago....
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Thanks! Here is an updated picture. Most of the algae is gone from using the turkey baster, but there is still some there and I don't think the coral appreciates it being there. I am having a hard time getting the remaining algae off. The coral is still kind of whitish around the algae. I have not noticed any tissue loss because of the algae. Should I still continue the basting and good water quality of course, or think about cutting that part of the colony off? I wish I could get a better closeup but I can't.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:45 PM   #15
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The coral does not look to be suffering by any means, but the pictures may not be showing what you see in person; although, I do see some "whiting" from irritation where the algae is. If you cut the coral you are opening it up to infection, something Seriatopora has difficulty in bouncing back from. I would not frag at this point in time. If the turkey baster is working then give it more time and if it does enjoy vigorous flow you can adjust a powerhead towards it and use rigid airline tubing as a vacuum to pinpoint algae-suckage <--yes, that is scientific terminology XD
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Thanks Innovator, good point about opening it up for infection if I were to cut the coral. I will leave it be and continue the baster. As you can see from the first picture compared to the most recent one, there is much less algae. I don't completley understand the creating a vacuum with the airline tubing. Basically do you mean to suck one end of an airline tubing to create a siphon of water out into a bucket and then use the end of the airline tubing that is in the tank to do some algae-suckaging off the coral?
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Yes, that would be the less harsh way of removing surface algae. Another idea is to use a small shop vac and reducers to fit a rigid airline tube; hence, the shop vac will firmly pull rather than a gradual gravity feed. I'd start with the gravity fed rigid airline first
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