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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by jrob3rts, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. jrob3rts

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    Trying to work out what to do with this stuff guys and gals.

    I believe its Bryopsis or a strain of. Appears to be rooted. Used Tech M, maybe not enough by the looks of it. It disappeared and then came back with a vengeance.

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    Phosphates were low, using Rowa but guess that's a false reading and not tested for a short while.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Colin

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    Hydrogen Peroxide worked a treat for me but [MENTION=11471]screwloose[/MENTION] had a different experience however I think he over did it.

    Pure HP (not mouthwash) applied with all flow off directly to the base of the bryopsis with a syringe a little bit every day (I used 20ml a day in a 1000L system). Let it fizz away for a few minutes and turn the flow on, the bryopsis will turn grey and die permanently. Can take a while but it did a good job for me with SPS in the tank. I used very strong HP (35%) but I'm now hearing that as low as 3% works just as well
     
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    Hi Colin, I believe you mentioned this before.
    I'm not put any SPS in yet, so have some flexibility in terms of Coral stocking. I do have fish and some softies which I would like to keep healthy so some reading is needed.
    In all honesty, trying to ID this stuff. It's not looking too much like Bryopsis, but it's rooting like the stuff.
    Lighting seems to have an effect.
    I'll continue to try and confirm ID, and will look into the HP route.
    Do I need to get it from anywhere in particular?
    Any affect to your fish / critters?
     
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    lettuce Nudi will eat it
     
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    Will it kill the rooted areas Ben?

    To add. Basically I want rid of this stuff, for good.
     
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    Not sure pal. I know Craig [MENTION=22079]Heisenberg[/MENTION] has Byropsis and used Tech M although at first it appeared to work it came back. He picked up a Lettuce Nudi in Abyss the other week there were only a few quid (£12 iirc) so far it munching its way through the stuff. Byropsis is all they eat though so if it does the job he will need to move the Nudi on.
     
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    Worth a try. I'll probably put a thread up ready for moving it along so can arrange a next person.
     
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    On a positive note, got a wicked fuge running right now. Full of life lol.

    I just want a nice tank.
     
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    I personally wouldnt advise hp....I believe it kills too much, bacteria, micro fauna etc



    Yours looks like you need to up your cuc.


    Tuxedo, hermans, emerald crabs, etc
     
  10. Eyore

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    As above, get stuff that eats eats it- yellow tang for me, looks like gha not bryprosis

    Killing with chemicals is easy - sodium hydroxide applied direct in tank with pumps off rather than hydrogen peroxide is far more effective, however whatever is leaching out of those (bones? And coral gravel?) Will still leach and feed (whatever) as it re grows. The only way to sort this is to keep tank po4 as low as possible, and then eventually (6 months maybe) the rock work and tankwater will be equal in po4 and no more leaching

    Btw the fact it is prefering horizontal surfaced imply a reliance on light, bryprosis i dont think is quite so picky, gha will prefer light
     
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    Cheers all.
    The tank is too small for a tang, around 30 gallons. I could go down the typical route of a small tang but know it would be a disaster trying to get one out and don't want to be stuck with a issue.
    Nev, happy to get some more CUC. I have hermits but as you suggest, maybe not enough.

    Should I consider the Lettuce Nudi as mentioned above?
     
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    Only prob with lettuce nudi, I think they end up starving...same with a hare


    I would just up the cuc, urchins are pretty quick, maybe a couple of small tuxedos...then get a couple more hermits, snails etc

    Algae blennie can also be rigorous eaters..mine even munches bryopsis
     
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    Cool, cheers for the help.
     
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    A lot better
     
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    As a bit of a note on sea hares, when they have eaten through hair algae I have kept them successfully on nori for conciderable lengths of time, also I love them as they're weird!!!!!
     
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