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    Need a lession in algea - not modem friendly

    I was wondering if you can let me know if any of these algeas are good or should they all be scrubbed

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    Well..., from what I can see, you have a few different types of nuisance algaes on those rocks. There is some cyano ( dark burgandy stuff with the air bubbles), and a few hair algae types. You DO also have various coralline algae which is a good thing. On a nutshell, anything that is softish and can be removed should be done with. The coralline ( various pinks, purples, etc...), is hard and calcerous and will not come off as easy. Simply removing it though won't get rid of it. It is in your tank for a reason whether it be low flow, excess nutrients, parameters a bit off. You should really address these things too if you want it to really be gone. If you take care of the sources, the algaes should dissapear on their own.

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    Anything that looks like the following photo try to use a turkey baster to suck it out. For any of the algae, try to pull it out by hand or scrub the rocks out of the tank. Otherwise you may just be spreading it. The coraline looks like it is coming along very well.

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    Hey Greg

    Thanks for the quick response.

    Should I Take the rock out and brush it with a tooth brush in a bucket of salt water.

    Any ideas?

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    ... and just to add to Andrew's advice. When you DO suck out that cyano, turn off all the current in your tank. You don't want this stuff to spread around the tank because wherever any little piece of it lands, it will just continue to grow there if you don't remove it. If you do it carefully and slowly, you can suck this stuff out in sheets.
    As for removing the rock, if there is no corals or other things on there that is sensitive, then why not??!!!I admittedly have done that in the past too.

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