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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 1:15 am

Anyone have any luck getting rid of Bryosis? I have a 28 nano with led. Its been going for a little over a year. I have had it in the tank for awhile. So far it has not got out of control, but cant seem to get rid of it. My next step is magnesium. Any help I would appreciate.
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Re: Bryopsis-How to get rid of it.

Post by matt_longview on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 1:59 am

If it's mild I've heard sea slugs will eat it.

I think mag is most popular.
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Post by J.Davis on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 8:33 am

You may also look into phosban/ GFO. That is what I believe killed off mine.
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Post by DonnieP on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 9:00 am

What about a sea hare guys? Don't they eat the stuff? Guys this is a friend of mine, not really from here locally but I asked him to join up and check out the forum, lots of very knowledgable people here.
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Post by matt_longview on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:44 am

Welcome to the forums! All the way from Kokomo too... can't help but think of beach boys now. :-)

That's exactly what I was thinking Donnie... I think sea slugs and sea hares are the same anyways.
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Post by ritter678 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:57 am

Not sure if Bryopsis was in my tank but I know snails and tangs wouldn't eat it but a Sea Hare (Dolabella sp.) knocked it out pretty quick. Problem with them is if they eat all the algae they will starve. Best to take it back to the store or pass it on to someone else that can use it, if it cleans up the algae. It took about a week before it started eating but once it did the algae was gone in a day or 2. Good thing is that they don't cost much and it's safer than the mag treatment.
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 3:00 pm

Yes its Kokomo allright. But its cold here! lol I would rather live in Texas. I love the heat.
Thanks for the replies. I will try the sea hare. My magensium just arrived today, but its my last resort. My phosphate was .25. If I get that to 0, Will that help my situation?
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 3:14 pm

I will try to post some pics of it later. Have to figure out how to do it.
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Post by ritter678 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 3:33 pm

Rockman386 wrote: My phosphate was .25. If I get that to 0, Will that help my situation?

Should help but I think Bryopsis will grow even in a low nutrient environment.
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Post by DonnieP on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 6:05 pm

Richie, here is a link that explains how to add a photo to your post. Adding a photo to your post
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 10:07 pm

Here is a pic of the it. There is a small snail in the pic that has been eating it for 4 days, but it cant keep up.
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 10:10 pm

http://i48.servimg.com/u/f48/17/28/27/05/algae_14.jpg
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Re: Bryopsis-How to get rid of it.

Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 10:23 pm

Sorry, took me a few to get it right.
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Post by J.Davis on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 10:50 pm

Yep, a real pain. I was going to go the Mg route, but after putting in a fresh batch of GFO, scraping the back glass and a large water change with fresh ZERO TDS saltwater mix... it died off within a couple of weeks. I would have to suspect phosphates as your culprit. Was in my case. Are you getting ZERO TDS from your water?
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:19 pm


I did a water change today, going to test phosphate again tom. Here is a pic from the front of my tank. It grows really in one spot, but small sprouts in other areas. I have had it for about 6 months. It goes away, then comes back.
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Post by J.Davis on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:34 pm

Looks really good from my seat!?! Phosphates kits can be sketchy. Best one I've used was the Hanna Phosphate Checker. Chemi-pure Elite may be of some help too. I realize it may be hard to run a GFO reactor on your Nano.
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Post by matt_longview on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:41 pm

Always in the same spot makes me think you might have a particular rock that's leaking phosphates in that specific area.
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Post by J.Davis on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:50 pm

Good thinkin' Matt
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:54 pm

I'm still learning. Im going to order a TDS meter tom. to make sure my ro is working right. I changed my chemipure elite last week, I also have been leaving my refugium light on for about 18 hours trying to see if that helps. Also changed my purigen today. Donnie has helped me out Alot! I would not have some of the corals i have in there now, if I knew then, what I know now. I would have chosen more hard corals. The softies grow way too fast and out of control. I do love my zoanthids though.
I have a 14 gallon nano, and has no signs of Bryopsis. Very Happy
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Post by Rockman386 on Thu 16 Feb 2012, 11:58 pm

Maybe take that piece out? and clean it, or leave it out. It was not a piece of live rock, thats why it was on the bottom. There is traces of it on other rocks, but it does not hardly grow on those. I plucked what I could out when I did a water change.
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Post by matt_longview on Fri 17 Feb 2012, 12:05 am

If it wouldn't be difficult it wouldn't hurt to remove just that one. Also... you might have low flow in that area so your ditritus is settling there. Possibly a tiny nano powerhead sending some flow that direction.
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Post by Rockman386 on Fri 17 Feb 2012, 12:18 am

I have a powerhead in that direction. There should be plenty of flow. Maybe if my slug dont eat it I will remove that rock. I believe its one of my larger base rocks. Crying or Very sad
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Post by Rockman386 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 5:57 pm

I got a sea hare today. Let you guys know if he eats it. He will eat it! or he is going to starve. LOL
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Post by J.Davis on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 6:07 pm

Got my fingers crossed for ya.
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