I'm wondering how big a role coralline algae plays in helping maintain reef parameters.
I read recently that coralline algae is big factor in the de-nitrification process, breaking down nitrate. It makes sense as most algae utilize nitrate and phosphate. (wish I could find that link again )
What has been your experience and do you think coralline is vital part of a healthy reef system?
Do think the size/amount and health of the coralline algae in a system has a direct correlation to the nitrate/phosphate levels?
Also, any tips on how to promote it's growth? I have a few patches here and there of purple/pink, 3 hermits whose shells are covered and a small rock covered, but it seems to not want to grow elsewhere or very fast.
I do have spots of white and green coralline growing on the back/sides, but it's ugly.