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Old 11-05-2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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Getting Coraline Algae to Grow


How do you get Coraline Algae to cover everything? I had a 20 gallon set up for 4 months and didn't get any Coraline at all. I have heard about people getting Coraline everywhere in 3 months. I now have a 55 set up now and would like to see some Coraline Algae over everything. Would it help if I got a CA testing kit and added some CA to the tank. Is it possible that my CA level could be too low? Please help.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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wait, and do not change anything in the tank. those that can get coralline algae to grow within the first year are those that know how to setup a tank the first time and let the tanks take care of themselves. the more you mess with the tank the more likely you are to kill off the coralline (it will grow back). the more additives you add to the tank the more likely coralline will take longer to grow. coralline requires consistency in environment, that is all it needs.

in most cases do not expect any real coralline growth in the first year of the tanks life.

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Old 11-05-2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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Scrape some off a freinds tank and dump it into your tank.It will help seed it,but it will come on it's own too.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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I couldn't get coraline to grow until I got rid of my PC lighting. As soon as I had my MH I had coraline growth. NOT to say you need MH to grow coraline.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:02 AM   #5
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Might want to try using purple up, I'm in the process of using purple-up for the first time so I couldn't say it works or if it doesn't work. However I have researched and everyone that has ever used it has said they loved it and it worked like a charm! Another interesting note is that I have had countless people comment that the coraline algea grows best under lower level intense lighting for example PC lighting or T5, VHO ect. so you might want to do some research and find this info for your self. Also I have been told that coraline cannot grow unless you have enough calcium and mag. You want your calcuim atleast 420 but not over 450 I know this for sure. So pic up a calcium test kit. I hope this helps!

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Old 11-05-2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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Its been my experience that the "missing ingredient" in most coralline algae posts is patience.

Coralline is a slow growing algae that requires a reasonable level of calcium, alkalinity and magnesium. It tends to do better is subdued lighting. It also requires some coralline algae spoors to begin its life cycle.

The calc/alk/mag you can get through regular water changes .. the coralline spoors should come with your live rock but if not you can just purchase some old coralline encrusted turbo snails and they will move around the tank spreading the spoors on their shells.

Lastly ... in many cases you don't see significant coralline algae growth until your well past the nusiance algae stages .. probably because the nusiance algae stems in part from phosphates which can inhibit coralline growth.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:24 AM   #7
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just make sure your calcium levels are good and it should pop up eventually, especially if you used live rock
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:59 AM   #8
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I dont know how to make it grow, but in the first 3 weeks of my nano being set up, My rock became covered in it, and now the glass. In my case I am assuming it is the calcium carbonate in the DIY rock that is causing it, because its just crazy.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:05 PM   #9
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I couldn't get coraline to grow until I got rid of my PC lighting. As soon as I had my MH I had coraline growth. NOT to say you need MH to grow coraline.
Nope because it grows like crazy under my PC.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:17 PM   #10
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I could not grow coralline after I cooked my rock. I had my ALK at 11 DKH, CA at 420, mag at 1350 and nothing.

I had MH lights and VHO actinics.

Its a shootout I think.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:37 PM   #11
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ok, get ready for the dissenting opinion...

I hate corraline, there i said it

corraline is one of the biggest PIA for people who have to scrape it off the viewing surface of the tank. it will become the bane of your existance over time. if you want something pretty and colorful to cover your rock then use an encrusting coral like a monti or something.

Corraline is like any other algae, it wants enough nutrients in the water, light is not even a factor since the best corraline growth i ever saw was the stuff that grew under a bunch of detrius that was sitting on the bottom of my tank a few years back. the difference between it and other algae is that it needs the calcium in the tank... thats it.

it is a nuscance IMO. i would look at getting something in the coral department instead.

evil evil stuff.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:01 PM   #12
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Good point there put I could not get SPS to atach to the rock either. My thoughts were if coralline grew than SPS can grow.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:24 PM   #13
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wait, and do not change anything in the tank. those that can get coralline algae to grow within the first year are those that know how to setup a tank the first time and let the tanks take care of themselves.
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If this is your first real attempt at SW, i would do some reading.
We are all here to help...Just getting coralline to grow is easy but you need to maintain very stable KH.
if that is good and your tank is older than 3-5 months, it should start to grow everywhere.
I can't keep up with it, that's how quick it grows in my tank...but my tank is more than 3 years old.
everything in this hobby takes time.

Get some good test kits and start testing your KH and CA levels every other day and start using a 2 part solution.
there is a lot more to it than that but it's a good start.
Use the search function on this site, it's very helpful.

let us know how things look in a few weeks.
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:26 PM   #14
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how do you get it to stop!!


ok so i set up my 220g with dry base rock that was once live but dried out for a long time. i figured this is the only way to escape coralline, i hate coralline, most love it...blah blah
okee so i got 12 small astrea snails about 3 months ago. the freakin snails were covered in bright purple coralline

it must have been enough to seed my tank because im getting coralline on my glass allready and the rocks are now totally covered in bright green and pink coralline.
well at least i saved money by not getting live rock lol
i didnt even add corals, nada nothing, so the only source were these snails shells.
i dont test for alk or calc because i have no corals so i just dont bother.
i use tap water and hardly do water changes, PC lights are on 12 hours with daylights being on for 10 hours. i have no hair algae, no cyano, but yet i have coralline??
odd odd i say

maybe you should change your thinking, think to yourself "i dont want coralline, coralline is bad" and maybe youll be like me and have this lovely gift of coralline
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:34 PM   #15
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I second Twitters statement. The crap is pretty on rocks but seems to enjoy covering my glass.

It takes time to get the stuff. But once it's established it's a PITA to keep under control.
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