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    why can't i grow lots of coralline algea ??

    its soo slow.. after 5-6 months, its barely coming on to the rocks and pump.. just a few little specs of purple.
    i have tried the tricks on scratching it off a liverock.. but still not working.. I get little round patches of it on the powerhead.. but they dont seem to last there long.

    Harley thinks it might be my turbo calcium and suggested i should try something else.

    i drip kalk on a daily basis.. stats are:

    ~600w of lighting, 3 MH 14k 175w, 2 no actinics
    .025 salinity
    12 alk
    450 calc
    ~80F
    no detectible nitrates, phosphates, amonia.
    with stats like these, should'nt i get good coraline ?

    i have ~2000gph movement in the main tank 130g.

    i feed mysis mixed with selcon, golden pearl, cyclopeeze, nori.

    my only additive is the turbo calc to keep it at 450.

    what am I doing wrong ??

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    too much blue light?? not enough daylight ?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Most people say that coralline doesn't grow so well under MH's. Maybe that's your problem. I have NO's and coralline grows awesome. But I'd much rather have your light set-up (obviously... MH's vs NO's... I don't think a debate is needed...lol)

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    I have 192 W PC lights (10K/Actinic, 8hr/12hr) and my coralline grows like crazy.

    My lighting doesn't start to come on until noon. Light cycle ends at 11:30. The tank does see daylight. This may be a factor?

    I havegh Alk, low Calcium, nitrates...coralline growth is the only thing going right in the tank so far. It's actually becoming a bit of a pain on the front glass pane.

    Perhaps you just need a couple nice pieces of live rock with coraline to give it a jump start?
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    I had the exact same problem and did a few things to counteract it,

    1st - Corralline LOVES actinics, on my fuge i had 2 actinics and nothing else and my rock is covered , on my main tank, with dual MH's and no actinics i dont' get much corraline at all

    I used phosguard by seachem for 2 weeks in a fluval and this helped me out alot.

    I also scraped it into a bucket and dumped it into my tank, that helped
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    so by introducing scrapings of caroline algae to the tank and using phosgaurd will sort of jump start your caroline growth
    is that what your saying taking into consideration the lighting!

    DAN

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    Yup,
    I took these tips from garf and they certainly worked for me, withing about a month a whole piece of cement / live rock that was in my sump was covered in corraline
    Mark
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    2x175W MH 1x250W MH 2x65W Actinics

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    [URL=http://garf.org/]
    ya this is a great site ! Cant rember where the quote for this was exactly but ther is the URL for the homepage! Ialmost forgot that til you mentioned GARF.

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    checkout that site sure you'll get what you need here from Leeroy.

    THanks to fishmonger
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    Liv, IMO your calcium and alk are too high. At those levels, I wonder what might be precipitating. Where does your calcium go to when you stop dosing turbo calcium? I'm wondering if you really need it since you are dripping kalk.
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    i have never tried to stop it for a long time.
    i'll stop today.. and see the results after a week.
    i always read that keeping stats like this was a good thing.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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