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    The Curse of Halimeda

    I have one particular piece of live rock which is filled with Halimeda...I mean this stuff grows like weeds, really bad weeds. It's been spreading across the piece of rock, and now is taking over a patch of zoos I have.

    From my Google searches, I can find nothing other than pulling it out continually to get rid of it. Has anyone had any luck getting rid of this stuff?? Any fish/invert that eats it??

    It's to the point where I've considered just pulling the piece of rock and letting it dry out, hoping all this stuff will die off, and reseeding it.

    Any suggestions?
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
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    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
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    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    if its one rock, could you just remove the rock??
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    Are you sure it's halimeda? I've managed to grow a nice patch of it in the refugium over the past year or so and consider it to be quite decorative. It's known for being a very slow grower when compared to caulpera species, that combined with my experience with it makes me wonder if yours is halimeda. Mine is really easy to trim simply by plucking it out of the rock. Unfortunately though I dont think many fishes that fit in the average aquarium will have the stomach to digest it as it is rather tough since it is calcium based after all. Then again maybe I'm wrong and you do have some sort fo super halimeda. Of all the macro algaes out there this would be the one that I would chose to keep in a display tank, grows slowly, doesn't become mush over night, and is quite easy to trim back. Perhaps you could post a pic?
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    2 pictures from about a month and a half ago, after a pruning.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails The Curse of Halimeda-halimeda-1.jpg   The Curse of Halimeda-halimeda-2.jpg  
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
    Yellow Tang, 2 Clowns, Kupang Damsel, Yellow Watchmen.


    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
    Valentini Toby, Coral Beauty, various snails, hermits.


    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    sorry.. but I kind of like it.. looks real pretty.. not joking.
    you may want to try and raise your magnesium levels.. many plants don't fair well with high levels of it. thats how i nuked that wire algea I had.

    if not, nuke the rock.. scrape everything off, let it dry for days in the sun, fresh water dips and even boil it if needed. or simply sell it.. I bet people would jump on it.

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    chuck the rock in your sump

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    I did like it, until it took over the rock. It covers everything.
    58 gallon display, 20 gallon sump, Octopus Recirc 110, Mag9 return. Nova Extreme lighting.
    55lbs live rock.
    Yellow Tang, 2 Clowns, Kupang Damsel, Yellow Watchmen.


    24 gallon AquaPod, 24lbs live rock.
    Valentini Toby, Coral Beauty, various snails, hermits.


    12 gallon AquaPod, 12lbs live rock, lots of mushrooms.

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    I have the same thing growing in my small tank. I can't remove the rock as the main piece is siliconed to the tank. I had a alk spike, it turned white with little balls, then all disappeared. I was so happy but it is back. I have only tried snails and they don't touch it. I'd try my tang but I think this tank is a little small.
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    what about an urchin?

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