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Old 01/09/2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hey guys I've got about 10 unidentified things in my tank. Any help would be much appreciated, and maybe some information on the care and growth expectations.

This is a neon green coral with hexagon shaped brown spots:
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I think it's a kind of mushroom:
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Some kind of algae good/bad?
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cool green algae, grows really quick, and the light green color due to air bubbles underneath the leaf:
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hard to see but an alien colored green algae that grows in the potholes:
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6 is a purple algae and 7 is like a red hair algae that is growing in it:
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coral that has neon green "roads", and light brown flange's that come out during the day:
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purple with dark purple dots:
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various algae:
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The coral I received at a frag swap and the algae were grown (I believe) from a bottle of phyto feast that I added gradually over the last couple of months.

I am very curious about the term "algae" as these mostly look like plants. So I may be using the wrong term for everything. Please help identify these, thanks


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Old 01/09/2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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1- dont know for sure but could be porites

2- looks like a leather coral not a mushroom

3- Padina algae

4- cyanobacteria

5-sponge

6- looks like Dictyota algae

7- cant see

8- might be hydnophora (sp)

9- superman montipora

10- cant see it


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Old 01/09/2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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OOorah!! thanks mbbuna, now I've got to go look these up ). I thought 2 was a mushroom cause at the lfs they have one looks the same and called it a scarphogen (sp) mushroom. But I think the guy I got it from called it a leather, cannot remember.

great help, thanks


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Old 01/09/2008, 08:00 PM   #4
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1- dont know for sure but could be porites

2- looks like a leather coral not a mushroom

3- Padina algae

4- cyanobacteria

5-sponge

6- looks like Dictyota algae

7- cant see

8- might be hydnophora (sp)

9- superman montipora

10- cant see it
1 agreed (I have some good hh)

2 agreed

3 agreed

4 ulva macro algae

5 agreed or small sea squirt

6 purple macroalgae good

7 same as 6

8 galaxia

9 algae, pop it it will have a jelly like subatance inside, not a monti

10 More macro algae.


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Old 01/09/2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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purple with dark purple dots:
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if thats an algae i would love to know the name

looks like a monti frag stuck into the rock to me


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Old 01/09/2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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yeh it's hard and i jammed it into the rock.


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Old 01/09/2008, 09:14 PM   #7
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#6 looks cool - never seen such vivid blue algae... I was guessing it to be a sponge or something. That stuff would be cool in a show fuge...


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Old 01/09/2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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1- might be Porites. Its a stony coral, which one is anyones guess

2- leather coral aka mushroom leather aka Sarcophyton aka Lobophytum

3- Padina

4- Ulva aka sea lettuce. type of macro algae.

5- probably sponges. maybe tunicates

6- macro algae

7- see 6

8- definitely Hydnophora. thats one you might want to read up on- has some particular traits to be aware of in a reef.

9- cant tell

10- yet another variety of Macro algae


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Old 01/09/2008, 09:32 PM   #9
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1 - not sure, but I have that as well (was a HH) - it grows more like coralline algae but has polyps like a feather duster (not very fleshy, more hairy)

10- I believe is a type of Dictyota as well (at least the bottom part, the top looks like other types) - I was reading that types of this can be a major nuisance algae.

Personally, I regret not removing all those cool looking macro algae in my tank. I suggest taking it out (at least the leafy ones) while you can.


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Old 01/09/2008, 10:14 PM   #10
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thanks for all replies And note taken fraggle, i'll probably treat this like a wet zen garden and prune the big leaves every so often.

Yeh, 9 is interesting, as the purple seems to be growing in over the whiter core along the bottom, like covering. Similar to when i cut off a piece of my gsp and the purple covered the white.


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Old 01/09/2008, 11:07 PM   #11
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Hello,

1) (pic is rather small) not so easy - looks to me most likely as a Montipora venosa. but for me it looks as if there are two different frags - the right one could be something else

2) leather coral - most probably finger

3) padina (for algae see here:http://www.poppe-images.com/images/s...category=algae)

4) a green algae

5) sponge

6) and 7) search at the algae page...

8) Duncanopsammia axifuga (galaxea has smaller polyps)

9) Montipora

10) upper - pic to bad for determination; middle - most probably Sargassum sp; lower - Dictyota sp. (see again algae page)

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