Coraline Algae

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  1. Cory F

    Cory F Member

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    Hello im somewhat new to saltwater aquariums ive had mine up now for roughly 6 months. Im have trouble getting different types of coraline algae to grow. The only color i have is a reddish color and from what i understand other colors have to be physically brought into my tank? How would i go about getting other colors of algae? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
     
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    Buy rocks or snails or something with the algae’s on it/them
     
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    Welcome to R2R Cory... after your tank matures, you will likely see coralline algae grow on the rocks and other areas. It is usually introduced into the tank on coral frags, snails, etc... give it time.
     
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    Cory,

    Welcome to Reef 2 Reef and thanks for signing up.

    You can turn all your pumps off for awhile, and scrape some coralline into fine particles to help it spread.
    The most common colors are red or purple and a lot of it depends on your lighting.

    Be sure to keep your magnesium up, with your cal and alk.

    No magic tricks to reefing, besides good water parameters, flow, lighting and long term stability.

    Freddie
     
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    As many others have said, it has to be introduced into the tank via snail shells, rocks, plugs etc. Also make sure your calcium levels are at the appropriate range.
     
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    To myself:
    Coralline algae is like Bubble Tip Anemones. Sometimes they bubble and sometimes they don't.

    If you don't have coralline, it does not mean, your reef is not healthy.

    :)
     
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    I remember having lots of coralline and a very unhealthy reef lol
     
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    It just takes time
     
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    It takes time. I have a 3 month old cube. I took the power head out of my 9+ month nano/frag tank that grows coralline like crazy on the power head and overflow, but the rocks are bare, because urchin... scraped most of the coralline off the power head into the display of the cube. I now have some pink/purple spots on the clear frag rack in the corner starting to grow, but the rocks still show no signs.

    It'll happen... sometimes it's fast, sometimes it takes forever. It always has to be introduced tho. Just focus on keeping your parameters stable.
     
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    It’s a good indicator of stability. I personally think it takes up a lot of good stuff our corals could use
     
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    This is true, it does use a lot of the same elements corals use, but consistent testing and dosing will compensate.
     
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