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My calcium is at 400 ppm, my alk is at 11.2 dKH, so why am I not getting any (or just a tiny spot here and there) coraline algae growth? Granted, the tank is only a couple months old, but I thought with these parameters and my lighting (Coralife PC 2X96) that I would see something by now. My softies are doing just fine. What gives?
 

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give it time pastina. you will eventually have so much of it youll get tired of scraping it. I find mine grows best in lower light areas. under rocks (barebottom) back wall etc... if and when you can add different types of live rock (Cured of course) to your tank. you can actually get reds, yellows, orange along with the greens and purples. my tank has been up for around 20 months and ive now got alot of coraline.
 

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bs77 said:
Hi,

My calcium is at 400 ppm, my alk is at 11.2 dKH, so why am I not getting any (or just a tiny spot here and there) coraline algae growth? Granted, the tank is only a couple months old, but I thought with these parameters and my lighting (Coralife PC 2X96) that I would see something by now. My softies are doing just fine. What gives?
3-4 months, assuming your warter parameters have been adequate is when you should start to see the coralline start to go off.
 

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Thanks, guys. I guess I just need to be more patient and give it more time. Also, my phosphates are at .05 the last time I checked. Along the same topic, I still occasionally get some brown algae diatoms on the bottom of the sand and the glass. I thought that would stop long ago after the tank cycled. Is that normal to still get some "blooms?"
 

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High flow will increase the speed that it will disburse and (seed) other areas of the tank. You also need at least a few live rocks that have good coverage to help it spread.
 

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Time, Time , Time........

I'm with Bozo though, I'm about sick of coralline sometimes!! It's still nice to have, just a pain to scrape off once you let it get a good hold!
 

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my coraline is just now starting to kick in, and my tank is about 7 months old.
 

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My tank is 3 and a half months old. I'm starting to get some good coraline recently, some on the back glass and some on some base rock. I did buy a few pieces of live rock that had tons on them and I'm sure these did a good job of seeding my tank.
 

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That does and if you scrape a piece of rock in the tank it will help seed all over the tank.If you know someone with it on the glass try and collect it and put it in your tank.
 

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I have heard stories of people doing large scrapings from other peoples tanks and puting them in a blender with water and blending it up, pouring it in their tank and getting huge explosions all over their tank or coraline.
 

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My tank is about 3 months old now and I still haven't had any coraline spread either. The coraline on the rocks are growing though, but no spread onto base rocks or glass.
 
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