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    Poll: Coralline Algae - Love it or hate it?

    I've seen some people try everything in the book to get coralline growth. Some aren't happy if it isn't plastered over everything! On the otherhand, we have some that just can't stand it! Me, I like it in moderation. Give me a few colors to color up my rock, but anywhere else, I don't care for it. How about you?

    So let's vote!
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    For the person who voted they love it pastered everywhere, here is what everwhere looks like taken from our dear friend Charlie's tank. That's some crazy coralline growth!!

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    I like it on the rock work.... not too much on the walls.
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    I won't have an acrylic tank because it does too well when using a calc. reactor. Glass makes it not so much a vandetta to erradicate it.
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    You forgot the option "I cant really grow it".

    Ive never been able to grow any noticable amounts in my display tanks. It always grow in the fuge and on the undersides of my rock work. After having been in the hobby for a while now (and having friends that is grows like a weed for) I feel lucky it doesn't grow like crazy for me.

    I find that the corals make a tank look good, not coraline algea.

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    I like it somewhat on the rocks too, but I hate cleaning it off the glass. I dread this acrylic tank. I just know its going to be a pain to keep the front clear of it.

    I have had it cover and kill zoas too. Not happy with that!

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    Hah, I voted that I love it everywhere. Guess that isn't really true. I do like it on rocks and on my back glass, but I scrape it from everywhere else
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    For those that hate it, a black spiny urchin will take care of that for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holygral View Post
    For those that hate it, a black spiny urchin will take care of that for you
    Or spread more spores of it everywhere in your tank!


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    I think it's alright on the rock and back glass but detest it on my viewing panes and it gets old having to soak pumps etc to remove it.

    For some reason it does seem to grow better/quicker on Acrylic tanks as well as plastic/acrylic plugs etc. The only thing I really like about coralline is I hate GHA worse LOL!

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    Newbie question...how do i control coralline algae? its everywhere on my tank, i scrap the sides and front but leave the back, the rocks and all filter pieces. i do like a minimal look but all pink tank is a little annoying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltwater Stu View Post
    Newbie question...how do i control coralline algae? its everywhere on my tank, i scrap the sides and front but leave the back, the rocks and all filter pieces. i do like a minimal look but all pink tank is a little annoying!
    Yea, it can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. There are things like urchins etc that will eat it and put a huge dent in it, but with this it can be also spread to other areas of the tank as well. I do however believe with them constantly eating it though it should keep the coralline down to a minimum seeing they will spend their day grazing on it all day. Hopefully others will chime in with what they have used in the past. I believe I remember some saying crabs and snails, but not 100% sure ones.


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    I have had a black spiny urchin for ever and I have very little in my 125, got a lot in my sump though, so he has always done a good job of keeping it out

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    Keeping a single urchin is a good idea so long as the tank can support it long-term.

    Be sure to keep your equipment clean of it because it will really inhibit performance greatly. I like to take my pump and powerheads out every few months and soak them in a vinegar & water solution for a couple of hours (longer if they are really nasty). After the soak everything pretty much wipes off clean.

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    What kind of ratio on the water/vinegar? I have one powerhead that is completely pink, I assume its running fine, the algae is just on the housing, but I'm sure it could use a good soaking!

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