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    I was so looking forward to having some coralline algae growing on my tank walls when I first started this reef tank, now that I can see some colonies growing , I'm afraid of the following;

    c/p from another site but questions I too have,

    I cannot seem to find any definitive answer on this subject (if you can please share). Here is a list of points i wish to make clear:

    1. Coralline Algae gives us a great indication that our reef tank is doing well and keeping stable.

    2. It gives nice shades of purple, red, yellow, blue and green to our tank adding a nice bit of variation to the sometimes ugly shades of LR

    3. Over time it can cover all your rock an give you a headache scraping it off the glass and equipment and always in areas you for the love of god cannot reach!

    4. It can act as a giant coral due to its calcareous cells and soak up all the calcium causing issues with water quality not to mention other Hard corals you may have.

    5. I feel this is the biggest point. Because it covers your LR does it have a detrimental affect because it block the pours for good bacteria to grow rendering your LR useless or does the bacteria settle within the pours on coralline (thats if it actually can).

    Should I remove the colonies from the tank wall or is this beneficial to the reef?
    My LR seems to have various colours of coralline algae which I know I will not be able to remove so unless I kill my light (corals wont permit this), can I leave it be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    1. Coralline Algae gives us a great indication that our reef tank is doing well and keeping stable.
    I would not aggree with the above statement. You do need stable water parameters which a more mature set-up can give you, but with the right lighting as well, it will grow even if some of your parameters are not all that good. I have seen some marine aquariums with amazing coraline growth, and 25 ppm of nitrate. After all, the stuff is still algae.

    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    2. It gives nice shades of purple, red, yellow, blue and green to our tank adding a nice bit of variation to the sometimes ugly shades of LR
    You certainly can get a lot of different colors of coraline algae. I seam to only get the shades of pink and purple, the most common colors out there

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    3. Over time it can cover all your rock an give you a headache scraping it off the glass and equipment and always in areas you for the love of god cannot reach!
    If you always clean the glass, you most likely won't get it on the glass. I will usally take my powerheads out of the tank once a year and run them in a bucket of vinigar overnight. That takes ALL the coraline off with almost no effort on my part. I;m not to sure I would be cleaning coraline off the rocks, but if you want you can get a urchin for that. There are a few types of them that will eat coraline off your rocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    It can act as a giant coral due to its calcareous cells and soak up all the calcium causing issues with water quality not to mention other Hard corals you may have.
    It can, but that will happen very slowly over time. If you are testing your parameters weekly and making minor adjustments along they way, you won't even notice the different in your parameters. But having said that, no one has experianced coraline crashing a tank either

    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    5. I feel this is the biggest point. Because it covers your LR does it have a detrimental affect because it block the pours for good bacteria to grow rendering your LR useless or does the bacteria settle within the pours on coralline (thats if it actually can).
    Almost all types of marine algae will also provide the same funtions as your benifical bacteria. That is why algae scrubbers are so popular to this day. Coraline algae is no different. Coraline algae won't negatively effect your tank.

    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    Should I remove the colonies from the tank wall or is this beneficial to the reef?
    My LR seems to have various colours of coralline algae which I know I will not be able to remove so unless I kill my light (corals wont permit this), can I leave it be?
    Your call, but I would not go through the extra work
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    I do not believe coralline is detrimental. The stuff only grows where there is light, and, at least the way I have my lr piled up, there is plenty of surface area that does not have coralline on it. But even if you believe it is, it is easy enough to work around that.

    IMO, whether you grow coralline algae or not is only a matter of personal preference. You will end up dosing your tank with calcium anyway, if you keep corals, so its no big deal if your coralline soaks some up, you just replace it anyway.

    Some people do not like the look of coralline, so they scrape it. I only let it grow on the back wall, because I want to be able to view the other three sides. Its not that big a deal to scrape it from glass if you keep on top of it.

    I like the look of different colours on my lr, except for where I want coral to grow. Personal preference. If I end up with a rock I don't want anymore, I will trade it for a new dead rock, or trade it with another reefer who I trust. New hitchhikers are a good thing...and someone might even be willing to buy a nice encrusted piece of live rock off you. A stable, established tank can handle a single rock being removed/added.

    Bottom line - if you like coralline, grow it, and make the adjustments you need to in order to accommodate it (dosing). If not, keep on top of it, get a good scraper, and a supply of nice dry dead rock to swap in when you get a rock you feel isn't doing its job or is getting ugly.

    I like the stuff, myself. I've never had to swap out a rock because of it either. Any rock I've swapped out was because of a blue shroom epidemic, and my tank never suffered any ill effects that I could detect.

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    I found the addition of a mexican turbo or/ and Astraea snails to be of a great help to keep the coraline algae growth on glass and sand. That is if you wish to control them.

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    Big Blue, you might want to check you tank for a hitch hiker. You might have a urchin in there and may not realize it. The reason why I say this is that the common snails sold through the aquarium trade (like turbos and the different types of astrea snails) are not capable of consuming coralline algae. However, they do eat cyano with can also be the same color as the more common forms of coraline just to add a little more confusion to the topic.
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    Coraline is lovely stuff.

    If its not blocking your view or blocking flow on your pumps, let it be ;)
    Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....

    Ran out of room and time!!!

    Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)

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    Thank you all for the replies.
    As the post states it's a cut and paste of questions I found at another site which were not really answered but questions I was researching.
    I like the look of a little coralline on the back glass. Thats the only place I'm seeing it at this time besides the live rock. I clean the front glass every other day if not every day, the sides get weekly cleaning. I use a magnet floating type of glass cleaner which I have had for decades.
    My main concern was for the BB on the live rock. I have my answer and will relax, thanks all.
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