Algae?

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    Ok Lately there has been this red I think algae growing on my rocks, Its not slimy its stuck on there so is it algae? Not sure what to think it is. Its not on the sand nor on the glass. Any ideas?
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    Cyano probably. Can you take a pic?
     
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    Tomorrow when the lights are on, I'll be able to take a pic. :)
     
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    Since its not slimy,its probably some type of turf algae.
     
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    Turf algae is that good or bad? if it is and its bad how do you get rid of it? It's not slimy at all It doesn't scrape off either.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Its a bad algae,because it can get out of control pretty quick.
    You get rid of it just like any other algae.Figure out whats feeding it(excess nutrients).Then you starve it out.
     
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    Rose do you have pics?
     
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    If you can get a pic, I'd like to see it. Not sure if I know what "turf" algae is.
     
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    Cyano is a ugly, red slime that quickly spreads around your tank. Luckily, it is easy to cure. There are a few causes of cyano. First, it is common in young tanks. when the tank is around 5-10 months old, you can expect to see a bloom. keep your skimmer going and feed a bit less during this time, and it will disappear. Try to manually pick it away from your corals to prevent damage to them. If you have a established tank with cyano, overfeeding and excess phosphates are likely to blame. Phosphates and excess nutrients are directly to blame from overfeeding, but phosphates can enter your tank by using tapwater. Most peoples city tapwater contains phosphates and alot of nasty stuff that will feed algae. This is why reverse osmosis and distilled water use is recommended in saltwater aquariums. There are a variety of red slime removers on the market, but they only mask the problem, not get to the root cause, which is why they sometimes are frowned upon.
     
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    Yes I know what Cyno is, is this what Yote was refering to as red turf algae??
     
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    Hi Stu... that wasn't really for you, its just what I thought zippyjr123 had in her tank...
     
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    From your description,it sounds like red coralline algae.If it's not slimy and doesn't look like hair,I can't think what else it could be.
     
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    i have something on my rocks that fits that description, deep red, not slimy or hairy...i thought it was coraline or at least not bad... but im a newb.
     
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    Does it look like this?
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    I have some pics but trying to get better ones because it didnt come out that good. I will post them soon, hopefully they'll come out better.
     
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    no, its stuck to the rock. what you pictured looks better.
     
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    I'm still wondering about that if it can be red coralline, Im going to post pics as soon as I can.
     
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    Sounds like what I have.
     
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