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post #1 of 6 Old 03-17-2008, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Live rock???

I'm planning to clean my live rock later tonight and wanted to know the best way or if I should not do this. I have red algae quickly spreading to every rock in the tank and I want to get rid of it.
I'm not sure if this red algae is good or bad...

Basically I'm planning to scrub all the rock with a brush in a bucket with tank water. Is this just a temporary soultion? How do I prevent the algae from coming back? Will this do more harm than good?

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-17-2008, 07:29 PM
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if thats corraline algae you might not wanna get rid of it
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-18-2008, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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OK the rock has been cleaned and the tank looks great.

Isn't corraline algae purple? If this is corraline it was pretty ugly to look at. It was turning from a red to a dark red/brown in areas when I got a closer look.

Lets see if it comes back!

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-18-2008, 01:36 PM
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What you have sounds less like algae and more like Cyanobacteria. This is a fuzzy looking red algae-like growth that blankets rock, glass, substrate, and even corals if left to spread. Cyanobacteria is all too common in SW tanks and generally develops as result of excess nutrients coupled with poor calcium and degrading lighting. While cleaning your rock as you did may temporarily solve your problem, It is likely to return in short time if conditions for it's growth are still ideal. The best means to stop Cyanobacteria is to improve conditions for Coraline growth. With appropriate calcium levels, coraline will begin to grow better and faster. Coraline uses phosphates and nitrates to grow, so improved coraline growth will also boost your nutrient export. this will help to starve out the cyanobacteria. As your lighting ages, the bulbs begin to degrade, slightly altering the spectrum of light they are emitting. This altered spectrum of light begins to become more beneficial to undesirable algaes and Cyanobacterias, and less beneficial to coraline and the inhabitants of the tank. Cyanobacteria is relentless, so, while you may never fully rid your tank of it, if you strive to keep conditions optimal for Coraline growth, you should see a noticable decrease in its presence and growth rate.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-20-2008, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great Information.. I do need to upgrade my light... I think I'll do that ASAP before it starts to grow back

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