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    Red Algae on rock work

    Hello all.

    I have had cyano before and have used Red Slime remover before to get rid of it.

    What i have now growing is like a red algae or fur over my rock work. I do weekly water changes and keep my params in check. I do not have the slime type on the sand bed. This is literally like a fur that does not just come off when you use a tooth brush to clean.

    So I did notice that it started when I began dosing more additives to the tank. Additives I mean by Reef Chilli, Oyster feast, Phyto fest, Stump remover mix and Fuel. The Reef Chilli and Fuel to feed the corals. The oyster feast, Phyto fest to raise phos. The Stump remover to raise the nitrates. I have no nuisance algea. I had to cut the run time of my skimmer because it was literally over-skimming my tank.

    If you have had dealings with this or know a good way to get rid of this, I would appreciate the advice.
    Elton

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    Any pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Keeper82 View Post
    Any pictures?
    Sorry about that. I will get them when I get to the house this evening and post.
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    I'm betting its red turf algae by the description. If it is, that is probably the LEAST concerning of all nuisance algaes and fairly common as well. It seems to be a favorite for urchins also. At one point every surface of every rock I had was covered in it. I got a common Florida pincushion urchin in as a hitchhiker and it has completely eradicated every last shred of it. Took it a few months but it cleaned every last bit of red turf. Nutrient control is completely ineffective against it


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    Quote Originally Posted by bpb View Post
    I'm betting its red turf algae by the description. If it is, that is probably the LEAST concerning of all nuisance algaes and fairly common as well. It seems to be a favorite for urchins also. At one point every surface of every rock I had was covered in it. I got a common Florida pincushion urchin in as a hitchhiker and it has completely eradicated every last shred of it. Took it a few months but it cleaned every last bit of red turf. Nutrient control is completely ineffective against it


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    I was thinking the same, Gelidium.
    If it is, Mexican turbo snail eat it.They got rid of all of mine. Zebra turbos do nothing to it.

    See if it looks like this Gelidium https://www.reefcleaners.org/nuisance-algae-id-guide


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    Hey guys. So I looked up Gelidium and its is far from wirey. i will take pictures and see if it is easy to rub off with my fingers. I will let you know. Thanks again for the view and help.
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    That stuff is hard to kill unlike others found nothing that would eat it. It just about decimated my green slimmer.
    I was finally able to eradicate it with vibrant.
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    If it's red turf algae, Mexican turbo snails love it and will mow it down. I have some pics to prove it.
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    I'm dealing with the same red turf algae and also hair algae in my son tank. What I found works really well are the turbo, astrea and sea urchin. I got rid of the sea urchin as he keep picking up snails. After I added 100 astrea snails two weeks ago the rock looks much better now. The turbo snails is slowing down but the astrea snails is still going strong at it.

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    Here is a picture of the culprit.
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