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Old 07-14-2005, 08:51 PM   #1
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Algae Question

So we live about 10 min away from the Gulf Of Mexico and I teach kids in the summer about the marine life that is around in different spots. Today near the beach we were at, on the sand bar I found nice piece of red algae, which I think I have identify to be Halymenia Floresia. Can I put this piece in my refuge? If so should I freshwater dip it to get rid of parasites off of it if there are any? Should I put it in a bucket by itself and leave it there for a month or two to make sure it doesn’t have anything to harm my tank? Could algae pick up heavy metals that I guess could be in the water since it is close to shore? Or is this a bad idea all together? If it isn’t, does anyone know anything else about this algae in the book I have to identify algae it doesn't tell me much other then the depth it grows in and how to identify it? Any advice is appreciated

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Old 07-15-2005, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: Algae Question

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Or is this a bad idea all together?

Anything you pull from the ocean, especially populated coastal regions is a risk. Any one or more of the issues raised in your post is a potential problem. If you have a means (spare cycled tank, lighting etc..) to QT the algae for a few weeks, you might give it a go but you need to be mindful of the risk of which there are many.

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