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Iammatt219

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I am asking about th red bubbly stuff

is it good or bad

now located in mantis area of my reefugium

thank you
 

graveyardworm

Premium Member
Looks like it could be a variant growth form of some botryocladia, but its hard to distinguish from those pics. Could you try blowing the sand off and getting a clearer pic?
 

kmk2307

New member
Iammatt219,

I have what looks to be the exact same stuff. I'm no longer convinced that it is actually Botryocladia but if it isn't, it's a close relative. I have a couple algae books that list about 5 genera that look pretty much just like that. Those dark red / orange spots are reproductive structures and I think you have to look at how those are put together to ID it even to Genus. Anyhow, it isn't "bad." It grows slowly and is easily manually removed. I imagine most sea urchins would love to eat it, too.

Kevin
 
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