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    Brushy algea

    Hello All,

    My 20g reef has a lot of brown/burgandy algea growing on the rocks. It is very brushy and is now pretty thick. I can remove some of it off in chunk-like parts but there is always some stuff on the rocks that grows back. It grows slowly but it's quite invasive.

    Does anyone have this stuff? What is called? and what is the best method to get rid of it?

    Michel
    20 g reef, 72 g reef

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    Sounds like hair-algae, but that's usually green in colour.
    Not sure what you mean by 'brushy' though..did you mean 'bushy'?
    Is this a young tank? (< 6months).
    If it is hair-algae, then a LawnMower blenny will take care of it.
    Try to remove as much as possible though.
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    Patrick.
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    Originally posted by pwall
    Sounds like hair-algae, but that's usually green in colour.
    Not sure what you mean by 'brushy' though..did you mean 'bushy'?
    I don't think it's hair algae. The stuff is very stiff, like bristles on a brush...

    Michel
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    Nope, not hair algae then. I don't know what that would be...sorry.
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    Looking at another post I found a picture of the algae that looks a lot like I'm describing here. It's the one on the right next to the Neomeris annulata (of which I also have in the tank).

    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/maralgid5.htm

    Any takers on IDing this stuff?

    Michel
    20 g reef, 72 g reef

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    DB, I have the same stuff you have. Mine, however, does not seem to spread that much. I have noticed that it tends to grow into a "brushy" clump. I let it grow for a bit then yank it out.

    My yellow tang and hermits seem to eat it. This helps control it somewhat. I have about 40 hermits i my tank. Along with snails and lots of extra shells.

    Ward
    180g with 2 x 54g corner bowfront bookends. 220 FOWLR in the works, 75g sump, 75g fuge, 75g QT.
    Solaris I4 72", 2 x 150 HQI Outer Orbit Pendants, Reeflo Orca 250, Profilux controller, Tunze 6101's and 6055's, Deltec CA Rx, PM Kalk Mixer, PM SR45 reactors.

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