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Old 07-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Live rock turning purple


I'm new at having a saltwater tank and I've recently added snails to my tank. Since I've added these snails my live rock is turning purple is that good or bad??? Please help
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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That is corraline algae growing, which is a good thing. Did you wait for they cycle to complete before adding the CUC?
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:32 PM   #3
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whats cuc?? i'm sorry i'm new to having a tank like this. I bought it off of craigslist and they had the tank for 2 yrs. i've had it set up at my house for about 2 months now. I bought snails from petco because i was getting a lot of geen algae they said snails would help with the algae. but since i've added the snails my live rock is turning purple. i've been reading that you have to introduce your tank to this kind of algae could the snails have had this algae on them??
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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whats cuc?? i'm sorry i'm new to having a tank like this. I bought it off of craigslist and they had the tank for 2 yrs. i've had it set up at my house for about 2 months now. I bought snails from petco because i was getting a lot of geen algae they said snails would help with the algae. but since i've added the snails my live rock is turning purple. i've been reading that you have to introduce your tank to this kind of algae could the snails have had this algae on them??
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It is possible that the snails had some algae on them, but it is more likely to just have been on the live rock to begin with.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:59 PM   #5
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I think keeping it out is not really possible. Live rock probably carried it regardless.
Algae and such is kept in check by limiting nutrients to feed it, by getting into a good setup and cleaning routine.

Being up for a couple years before, might have had some build up of nutrients in the sand or rock that are leeching out now, or with the moving and new setup it could be just a case of the disturbance tossed things out of wack a bit. Doing so tank could go through a bit of a ugly stage much like new start up tanks where algae ect shows up in force and then will fade.

To make sure the tank after the move is running well we can check a few things.

Whats your cleaning routine and equipment right now?

Also does the tank have a sandbed and is the sandbed the same one that was in it prior to you taking it over?

Hows the parameters on the tank? Test kit results?

Sometimes taking over a tank has its own challenges But we can get ahead of it, if it needs it.
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