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Worm-like Growth ID 6/15/10
I was wondering if anyone could identify this strange growth in
my tank. I had a couple of clowns that died a while back and they
appeared to have these worm-like things growing out of them (may
have been something else).
I would love to find out if this could be anything dangerous.
<Mmm, on magnification this looks like algae and detritus...
You might look into better mechanical filtration, circulation,
nutrient control... Bob Fenner>
What is this algae and will a Flame Angelfish eat it?
I attach a photo of some red macro-algae that has been growing
slowly in one of my tanks. Presumably, this algae came in with
the Florida live rock I bought several years ago, even though I
did not become aware of it until
about 18 months ago, when the rock got moved into a relatively
dark corner of a relatively low light FOWLR tank. This algae is
really pretty, and I am fond of it.
<Kind of just looks like some kind of blue/green algae to
me... but maybe could be Fauchea sp. red algae? <<Is a
Rhodophyte. RMF>> Unfortunately, I don't know that
there are too many, if any, full-color photo illustrative guides
to aquarium algae identification -- perhaps it's the narrow
audience or minute consumer market for such a thing? It's too
bad really... I mean, after all, who isn't, at some point in
his/her life, haunted by a mysterious, unidentified, nearly
amorphic autotrophic growth in their marine aquarium?>
So question 1 is can you identify this algae for me?
<Not really, no... but since it lacks an obvious underlying
"structure" I'd wager that it's a blue-green
algae of some sort.>
Question 2 is do you think that a Flame Angelfish will devour
this algae if I introduce one to this tank?
<Hard to say... after all, if you put a plate of anchovies in
front of a class of 6 year olds, chances are that at least one of
them will venture a bite on a dare. But you're putting what
we might assume (albeit perhaps for no good reason since the
algae could have theoretically come from anywhere) Atlantic algae
in front of one individual Indo-Pacific fish... so I guess
you'll just have to wait and see!>
Re: What is this algae and will a Flame Angelfish eat
Thanks for your thoughts. If you are interested, I will email you
the verdict on whether the Flame Angel eats it, in a few
Sure. Happy Reefkeeping.
Can you help please ? Alg. contr. reading... --
<... and gals>
I have algae growing in my tank that I cant seem to identify.
<Could be most any Thallophyte group, even BGA...>
I have circled the algae I'm wondering about. The next
question would be, how do I get ride
of it. Any help would be great thanks.
<... read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/marine/maintenance/maintindex.htm
scroll down to the Algae tray... Bob Fenner>
Metallic And Shiny/Bubble Algae/Bubble Algae (Valonia)
Have you guys seen these things/creatures? (Attachment). Now
there are 5 of them in two different areas in my 55 gl.
<No creatures of the deep, but the unsightly Bubble Algae
(Valonia), and can be difficult to control if allowed to get out
of hand. Suggest you read here and related articles/FAQ's
shown in the header. http://www.wetwebmedia.com/BubbleAlgCont.htm
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Re: Live rocks turning dark greenish-black now sand
covered by a greenish mat 4/19/10
Greetings ! O great knowledgeable ones,
<Where? They owe me money!>
About a month ago, I had mailed you regarding my rocks turning
blackish green on me. Well now its the sand ! There is this mat
of green algae-like stuff growing on the sand and on the rocks.
It is cobweb like in structure.
Picture attached. Is this BGA ?
<Yep><<Mmm, maybe more Diatoms/Bacillariophyceans.
Grows only in flow deficient places.
<Often the case.>
Should I reduce the photo period ?
<Light is not often the limiting factor for it's growth,
phosphates and nitrates are bigger issues here.>
I employ a 20 gal monthly water change. pls do advice.
<More water changes.>
Also I noticed that there is no mention of Calcinus elegans in
your hermit crab database. Wondering if it helps in the
eradication of BGA.
<Of limited use here. See here and related FAQs for more
Unknown species.. Rhodophyte.. gorgeous
I have attached two pictures showing a hitchhiker macro algae
(assuming but not sure).
<I think you are right!>
It is purple in color and I cannot find any information on what
type it is.
<This is a Rhodophyte, but the species I am not sure.. there
It came attached to Bali live rock from my LFS.
<It is a very beautiful algae>
Any help you can offer is always appreciated.
<Have a trawl through the many different I.D sites for these
on the web and you might stumble on something>
White Algae 4/2/10
I would like to know what this growth of fungi, algae, or sea
(see attached pics). It is at a hole in sheet pile where fresh
water is interacting with saltwater in Florida waters.
<Interesting... you'll need to look at these strands under
a microscope to be sure. And there are salient characteristics of
all the probable groups you list... but my guess/bet at this view
is a bleached mass of algae of
some sort. Bob Fenner>