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PostSubject: carolina algae   carolina algae Icon_minitime10/23/2009, 10:15 pm

Ok so i was just wondering i have carolina algae growing all over my rocks. ive seen other salt water tanks that have it on the rocks, glass and all over the place in the tank. is there a reason why i do not have it growing on mine? I am happy that it is not growing all over the glass of my tank. but just wondering why it is not. BTY tank is only a 9 month set up.
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PostSubject: Re: carolina algae   carolina algae Icon_minitime10/23/2009, 11:26 pm

check your calcium levels. coraline needs calcium to grow and if it drops there will not be enough to grow it or sustain it. i keep my front glass clear but i like having it on at least the back of my tank.


now checking calcium is easy and there are a few test kits out there for it (i use an api calcium test kit). and since i am keeping corals i keep my calcium at 420ppm to 460ppm (parts per million). if your calcium is under 420 PPM use either purple up (which will turn your tank cloudy for awhile) or reef complete to raise it. another thing that helps promote coraline algae growth is lighting. since you are using power compacts i must ask how old are the bulbs, IMHO pc bulbs should be replaced yearly ( my T5 HO's can go up to a year and a half before replacing i just replaced mine yesterday and my bulbs were 2 years old).
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PostSubject: Re: carolina algae   carolina algae Icon_minitime10/28/2009, 8:23 pm

i forgot to add if you are using a protein skimmer make sure you turn it off if you dose with purple up because the skimmer will pull it out if you have a good quality skimmer.
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