What kind of algae is this?

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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    I have a purple algae that grows in short rough hair like patches. It kind of feels like a brillo pad. Sorry no pics right now as the batteries are charging, but if no one can name it then I'll get a pic up. Hopefully someone can name it and tell me what eats it.

    It has been in my tank for some time and hasn't really spread....untill I went without a skimmer and didn't do as many water changes as I should, but it's spreading everywhere now. I scrath it off but it grows right back and my coral don't seem to like it because they don't spread when it's around them.

    Thanks for any help. I have been searching the ID pages but can't find a ID.
     
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    Wouldn't you know it. As soon as I do this post I believe I figured it out. I think I have purple turf algae. Has anyone had it before and were you able to get rid of i? If so how?
     
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    Never mind still looking for an ID. Turf algae looks wispier, longer and softer. The stuff I have is about 1/8 inch long, and rough.
     
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    Here's a old pic that I dug up in photobucket. It's the purple brilo like stuff. It has spread a ton since this pic.

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    It's harder to see here, but it's now surrounding me PPE's and it's all under and around the macro.
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    Your first ID was right Bobby.Its a type of turf algae.
    Try googling Entermorpha and see if that'll help.
     
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    bobby I like to do bad things.

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    I googled it, but it says it's a green algae and all the pics looked different, longer softer.
     
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    I dont know then.
    I did have some on a couple of my rocks,but the tangs pretty much wiped it out.
     
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    I've had some of it before too, but it disappeared. May be my Tangs took care of it as well. Sorry not of any help.
     
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    Hi, It looks good to me, I bet the bug's will be thick in no time, just what you need. Iff it was hair or cyno, it would be different, I wouldn't woory too much. Regards.
     
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