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Old 02-29-2012, 10:49 PM   #11
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No problem. My tank is 2 months old now and it is spreading slowly but is noticeably spreading.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:57 PM   #12
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ive sen mostly rocks covered in purple. but what about the velvet reds and greens ive seen. do those work and spread in the same way? also ive noticed some of my purple is very hard and smooth and some of it with a more algae texture. whats the difference?
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They do spread in the same way, but those colors aren't as dominant as the purple. The softer texture stuff you are speaking of is not coralline algae.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:27 PM   #14
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Can light negatively affect the coralline? I have no purple in my 55 though I have got some scrapings off of the pet store two times.
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Yes, very strong lighting can kill it. It grows much better in low light IME. Watch your alk too. Low alk, or alk swings seem to effect coralline.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #16
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I don't think the light plays a major role Scott. I have purple all over my sump, under rocks, everywhere, even where the light doesnt shine as bright. My opinion is it needs basic light and proper levels of calcium and other elements.

I've been messing around experimenting with my tanks over the last month as far as coralline growth. I have been adding purple up to my cube and my new 90g tank and both have shown a drastic increase of coralline growth since starting to use it. I have not put a drop in my 20g tank and there isn't a spot of coralline in the whole tank, except for on the rocks that originally had it.

Now, I'm not a big fan of adding chemcials to my tanks but I figured I'd give it a try. I used the regular dosage maybe 3 times a week for the last month and have noticed coralline growth within a day or so of each dosage. Maybe just me, maybe it actually can help,could be a coincidence but thought I'd throw it out there. LOL
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:58 PM   #17
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so how can i get the green and other softer colors? i prefer those
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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Do you think my my 2x10000k 56W and 2 56w actinics are killing purple coralline in the 55?

It's rather strong lighting.

I'm positive I have neon green coralline, just not purple.
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Carey, I am using liquid calcium from Kent. What is the difference between that and purple up? Is purple up more effective?
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I think purple up has a couple other elements in it as well. I hadn't tried dosing the calcium just the purple up. Still got decent results!
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