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    Halmedia Algae

    Hi,
    When I first saw Halmedia in my tank I was quite happy since from what I read it was an indication of good water quality.

    About a month ago I noticed my bottlebrush acro browning at the tips.there is quite a bit of Halmedia around it. I cleand out quite a bit of the Hal but it seems to be some type of infection.

    I read today in a study that Halmedia has caused a type of infection simular to what I am seeing in acro`s .I do not see any bad things happening to my other acro`s but still wont take a chance will try to remove as much as possible.

    Now is there any fish that anyone knows that will eat this algae,that is Reef Safe?I really want to keep it under control.

    Thanks
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    I'm not sure about fish, but I do know that the emerald crabs that I have will eat any and every kind of algea that has been introduced to my tank. If you don't have some already I would get some.

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    Wow!! This is new to me. never heard of an infection cause by Halimeda. I too have read once that the emeralds will eat it, but don't remember where I saw this. Can't say for sure though. Tuxedo or Long spined Urchin perhaps?!!

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    Cool

    pull the HAL out of there. its a calcium sucking plant big time.

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    Yes I was surprised to of that study.

    here is the link

    http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...m.php?news=449
    HTH

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    I have Halmedia Algae and emerald crab. The crab won't touch it and halmedia looks like a plant. Yes, halmedia grows like crazy and I have to pull them out from time to time.

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    Well it seems thats what I will have to do now,its a little pain in the A*%.
    HTH

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    I'd be suprised if you find anything reef safe that will eat it... It is made of calcium after all!

    -yvest

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    Goth,
    Urchins eat hard calcium based algaes along with the softer stuff.
    Robin,
    Once you pull it all out. If there is some encrusted in the crevices, what I always do when I want to kill something encrusted that can't be pulled off is I make some wads of epoxy and cover/smother it, then a month or two later I simply pick off the epoxy. While it hardens in place, it is very easy to pick off and often I even leave it there because once the coralline covers it, you'll never be able to distinguish it from the real rock.

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    tangs wouldnt eat it?
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