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cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 05:42 AM
Only have 1 damsel in there right now, with a few snails and crabs. I had another damsel which sadly died within a week of him being in the tank, I don't think he was healthy from the start. My other damsel is thriving and my water quality is on par so I'm hoping it wasn't anything on my part that killed the other damsel. Here are some pics. Enjoy

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Chris5150
02-10-2010, 06:14 AM
Looking good my friend. Just out of curriousity what are your stocking plans? Fish? SPS? LPS? Softies?

cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 06:19 AM
Some soft coral is my plan. I only plan on a light stock, hoping to introduce a clown, yellow clown goby, and possibly a royal gramma. The yellow tail damsel I have now seem pretty peaceful, didn't seem aggressive with the other damsel I had in there, and seems pretty shy if I put my hand in the tank or anything. But only time will tell if he can stay with my other fish I plan on getting or not.

cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 06:21 AM
Also, does anyone know what the red stuff is growing on my rocks? I figured it was red algae, but it doesn't seem to spread and really only grows on that one rock on the left side of the tank. Snails and crabs don't seem to interested in eating it so I was wondering if it isn't algae.

Chris5150
02-10-2010, 06:25 AM
Also, does anyone know what the red stuff is growing on my rocks? I figured it was red algae, but it doesn't seem to spread and really only grows on that one rock on the left side of the tank. Snails and crabs don't seem to interested in eating it so I was wondering if it isn't algae.

Does the algae look hairy? If could be red hair algae which is normal when setting up a tank. How long has it been running, also have you had diatoms yet?

cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 06:46 AM
Tank has been set up Since October. Snails and crabs have been in there since December, and just added fish last week. It's not hair algae it looks almost like little leaves. When you say diatoms do you mean that brown algae that covered my sand for a couple weeks? lol if so then yes! I will try and take a close up pic of the mystery red substance soon.

Chris5150
02-10-2010, 06:48 AM
Tank has been set up Since October. Snails and crabs have been in there since December, and just added fish last week. It's not hair algae it looks almost like little leaves. When you say diatoms do you mean that brown algae that covered my sand for a couple weeks? lol if so then yes! I will try and take a close up pic of the mystery red substance soon.

Does this substance look like it has bubbles on it? Have you seen a hair algae stage yet? And yes I mean the brown stuff (the first algae stage; hair algae being the second).

cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 06:57 AM
no bubbles on it. I haven't seen any hair algae yet. Here are the best pics I could take of the stuff. Also I have green seaweed like stuff that came on my live rock and grows a bit in the tank. I just pull it out sometimes. I actually don't mind the look of it and the crabs are always hanging off of it so I think they enjoy it. The last pic shows the seaweed.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii19/cadieux_j/DSC_3958.jpg

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Chris5150
02-10-2010, 07:13 AM
My best guess would be red slime algae or cyano algae which is the third phase of a reef aquarium. Interesting that you havent seen hair algae..perhaps youve skipped this stage?

cadieuxj
02-10-2010, 07:19 AM
looking at photos of cyano algae and it seems to be the most likely. It's possible I had hair algae and didn't notice because the brown algae was so bad for a week or so you could almost not see in the tank...got a protein skimmer, and more live rock and within a few weeks the algae cleared up. But for some reason my snails won't go near the stuff!!

kaybee
02-10-2010, 11:46 AM
It does not appear to be cyanobacteria to me, it's some type of red algae.

Cyanobacteria is slime-like and, that substance doesn't look slime-like at all and appears to have tiny leave-like structures as you said.

I'm not sure if it's a nuisance algae or not.

What type of crabs and snails do you have? (not all are avid algae consumers).

labnjab
02-10-2010, 12:14 PM
It doesn't look like cyno to me either. I've had that stuff, just not as much, and it went away on its own. You would know the hair algae stage. It is nasty. I fought with it almost a year due to using silica sand. Its almost all gone now that I upgraded to a larger tank using aragonite sand. I would be cautious adding a clown with a damsel. Clowns are a species of damsel and they could fight each other

coachfraley
02-10-2010, 05:11 PM
Doesn't really look like cyano to me either. Cyano usually has a smooth texture. You can tell for sure if you blast it with a turkey baster. If it flies off, it is cyano, if it stays put it is something else. My guess is that it will stay put.

It looks to me like some kind of macro algae. I would keep an eye on it. If it starts to spread to your other rocks, you might not be able to get rid of it.

cadieuxj
02-16-2010, 07:49 AM
Yes it has started spreading to other rocks now. I currently have 3 blue legged hermit crabs, although I haven't seen 2 of them in a while, 1 turbo snail and 2 Margarita Snails, none of which want to touch the algae. Can anyone recommend something that will eat this stuff?

rageybug
02-16-2010, 05:58 PM
An emerald crab or two might do the trick...

coachfraley
02-16-2010, 06:06 PM
Hate to say this, but if it were me, I would probably remove the rock.

You could try taking it out of the tank and scouring the rock in a bucket of SW, but it would probably just grow back.

To someone with a planted marine tank, that stuff would be like gold!