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WOCNAM 01-11-2009 05:52 PM

Unknown Growth
Hey there, i am new to this forum and was wondering if anyone can help me find out what is growing in my tank.
It is red and stands kind of like a base of a mushroom without the head, it is spongy also.
i didnt have any mushrooms or sponges in the tank...and these appeared to grow these last few days along with green hair algae all around it. it looks dull, and not shiny at all, and when i picked one off, if even broke like a mushroom stem.

Please help.

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Cody 01-11-2009 06:03 PM

Almost looks like cyano, but the texture that you describe is what is throwing me off.

Pasfur, Steve, Onefish, Kells?

Kellsindell 01-11-2009 11:48 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

If we had a pic, we could ID it so much easier, but from the way you are describing it, Cody is right, it sounds like cyano bacteria and the Green Hair Algae(GHA) leads me to believe that it may be just that. It's just the texture sounds all kinds of wrong.

You don't see a stem coming from it? Or is there tendrils that linger off it if flow is kinda on the weak side?

Put a lot of flow by it and see if it starts to come off. If it does, then i'll go with cyano. If it doesn't start to come lose, then don't blow the flow directly on it as you may release it into the tank and cause further blooms of this... mystery.

onefish2fish 01-12-2009 12:10 AM

i need a picture.

can you please post more about the tank?
how old is it, what kind of lights, how old are the bulbs, how long are they on daily, what are you exact water parameters (ammonia,nitrite,nitrate,pH,SG,temp,calcium,alk,ma g,phosphate) what salt do you use, what do you feed and how often? what kind of water do you use, how big is the tank, whats in the tank, live rock? protien skimmer? sump? post as much as you possibly can please and the links you posted did not work. when using photobucket insert link then click "preview post" to make sure it worked then submit. does that make sense?

Kellsindell 01-12-2009 12:22 AM

Here's a better pic Onefish

It kinda looks like Diatomes. This is a new tank?

Kellsindell 01-12-2009 12:23 AM

Oh, and that's definately cyano.

Kellsindell 01-12-2009 12:24 AM

onefish2fish 01-12-2009 12:27 AM

cyano and green hair algae. please respond to questions i posted above.

Kellsindell 01-12-2009 12:29 AM

They are offline. i pulled the pics from the links given

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Pasfur 01-12-2009 05:55 AM

No doubt. Cyno.

You have some problems on your hands in the very near future. Lets get some details.

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