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Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Sun 03 Sep, 2017 10:37 pm

I have some invasive macro algae in my nano tank which came in a on a frag i got, I think it is some form of cullerpa and has runners that have spread out throughout the tank and is taking over everything.
I've tried blackouts and manual removal but it won't die, i've also been dosing vibrant but also not seeing much of a result.
Is there another way i could battle this? possibly with peroxide dosing or even taking the rocks out and spraying with peroxide? I don't have any experience with this method so wouldn't know how to do it safely.
Any tips would be great.

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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Sun 03 Sep, 2017 10:38 pm

Also would like to mention that the tank is only about 18L so adding a tang or rabbit fish isn't an option.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby Ageofaquariums » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:57 am

Photo? An ID would let us know what we are dealing with here.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Wed 06 Sep, 2017 10:46 pm

after photo bucket stopped being free i have no idea how to post photos on here any more.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby Sailfin » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 1:49 pm

try this link to replace photo bucket Aidan
https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-ima ... es-1357014
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 7:00 pm

thanks
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 7:02 pm

it not the best pic but it was hard to get the color right without the flash as the blue leds saturated the photo

http://imgbox.com/LVmUuImK

sorry i'm still not sure how to do a hard link using that site
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Invasive macro algae in display

Postby Gats » Sun 17 Sep, 2017 7:29 pm

Caulerpa Racemosa.

I use this in my sump intentionally as a macro. Getting something that eats it may be your best bet. My foxface loves it so it never takes hold in the DT despite being in my sump all the time (it will spread from one to the other).

It is very nurtrient hungry so keeping nutrients down and manual removal is really only chemical way to get rid of it I know of (will turn a grey colour when it isn't happy and weaken - rowaphos will see that happen).

Other predators for it are Sea hares (seen a few around in LFS lately) and tuxedo urchins should eat it too.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby aidanmary » Wed 20 Sep, 2017 12:03 pm

thanks, i've been manually removing it and also adding vibrant to the tank and although it hasn't died the growth has slowed and almost halted so hopefully it will go away with time.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby MitchD » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:55 pm

I battled this stuff for a while too, It's a real pain.
None of my fish wanted a bar of it so, for me, I found consistent manual removal with tweezers during water changes the best way to get rid of it.
Any hole or crevice I couldn't pull it out from got puttied over, I eventually got the better of it.
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Re: Invasive macro algae in display

Postby Ageofaquariums » Wed 27 Sep, 2017 9:32 am

The old eyebrow tweezers make it a bit easier to get it out of nooks and crannys.
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