Red Macro ID and opinion

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#1
Can anyone tell me what kind of seaweed this is and if it is okay for the coral tank? I have had this tank for about 10 years and recently moved it. It had also been a little too long on changing the CF lighting and this is what sprung up. Amazing how things can lie dormant for so long!
PS. The research I have done shows that it is close to the bleachweed, but no odors of bleach, so it's not that. It is kind of slimy though.

 

flower

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#4
Hi,

I have it all over...Gracilaria Tikvahiae, in a coral reef you have to keep it trimmed back, or it will cover the coral. I breaks into pieces and grows all over through time. I let mine go because the seahorses like to hitch to it, and the only coral I have now are the green striped mushrooms. it's a pretty red.
 
#5
Can I add this to my 110 gal saltwater with trigger, dog face puffer, butterfly, Picasso and saddle back goby. I want to add color to the tank. I only have rock
 

flower

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#6
Can I add this to my 110 gal saltwater with trigger, dog face puffer, butterfly, Picasso and saddle back goby. I want to add color to the tank. I only have rock
Yes you can certainly add it to any tank...It could also be Gelidium SP... Both are good for adding color, and they grow slow compared to other macros. I'm thinking it's Gelidium because the fish in the tank with it, haven't eaten it up yet, since that one is not very tasty to fish. As with all macros, you have to trim/prune it back (called harvesting). As you remove the macros that over grow, you are removing the nutrients it absorbed to grow on (Phosphates, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia) keeping your water quality pristine.
 
#7
Yes you can certainly add it to any tank...It could also be Gelidium SP... Both are good for adding color, and they grow slow compared to other macros. I'm thinking it's Gelidium because the fish in the tank with it, haven't eaten it up yet, since that one is not very tasty to fish. As with all macros, you have to trim/prune it back (called harvesting). As you remove the macros that over grow, you are removing the nutrients it absorbed to grow on (Phosphates, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia) keeping your water quality pristine.
Thank you sooo much for the help. I am so excited to add some color :)
 
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