View Full Version : algae ID

10/05/2015, 10:55 AM
This isn't my picture, but were trying to find out what kind of algae this is. The owner said he bought the rocks from you. Thanks. :)

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w16/jAb83_2007/cotton%20candy%20algae_zpsqcpstn6t.jpg (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/jAb83_2007/media/cotton%20candy%20algae_zpsqcpstn6t.jpg.html)

10/05/2015, 05:25 PM
looks like red hair algae, depending on how wiry the strands are, if the strands are thin and soft hair - pull it and get stuff to eat it if you can, if the strands are thick, kind of tough and kind of curly then it might be a better kind that you can keep some as long as you keep it from spreading.

10/05/2015, 06:12 PM
Here's a closer picture.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w16/jAb83_2007/cotton%20candy%201_zpsx1tyrkaf.jpg (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/jAb83_2007/media/cotton%20candy%201_zpsx1tyrkaf.jpg.html)

10/06/2015, 08:46 AM
Callithamnion aka Cotton Candy Algae.

10/06/2015, 08:57 AM
the large mexican turbo snails will devour it..

10/06/2015, 09:02 AM
I've read this algae is not very common and just about anything will go to town on it. Must taste good, I believe it has beta carotene in it which is why it has a red-pink color. IMO, some species of it are also quite attractive.

10/06/2015, 10:47 AM
Callithamnion aka Cotton Candy Algae.

Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I agree it does look kind of pretty, but almost all of the literature I've seen says that it can be a very invasive algae if your not careful.