Hitchhikers Guide – Algae ID 2017-02-09T09:03:49+00:00

Lionfish Lair’s Algae ID

(including seaweeds and even bacteria!)

Nuisance Algae

Some of these algaes can quickly become a nuisance. Usually the degree of difficulty in removing them coupled with their propensity to spread, lands them in this category. Some of these are also common when a tank is new and only really become a nuisance when they become established.

Asparagopsis

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Asparagopsis

Diatoms

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Diatoms

Bryopsis

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Bryopsis

Dinoflagellates

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Dinoflagellates

Cyanobacteria

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Cyanobacteria

Film Algae

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Film Algae

Derbesia - Hair Algae

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Derbesia – Hair Algae

Valonia

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Valonia

Invasive and/or Noxious Algae

Not to take away from these beauties, but certain species of Caulerpas should be avoided, except in a fuge or a macro specific tank. Caulerpas are illegal in some places, so be familiar with your local ordinances before purchasing. Do not rely on the “seller” for this information. Just because they will ship it to you, doesn’t mean they are acting within the law.tegory. Some of these are also common when a tank is new and only really become a nuisance when they become established.

Caulerpa - feather

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Caulerpa – feather

Chlorodesmis

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Chlorodesmis

Dictyota

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Dictyota

Caulerpa racemosa

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Caulerpa racemosa

Neomeris

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Neomeris

Desireable Algae

Downright beautiful to the eye or beautiful in its usefulness. “Too much of a good thing” applies even here, as coralline can have undesirable effects in that it can encapsulate objects. Pumps stop running efficiently and rocks lose their porosity. So, some things are good….. to a point.

Botryocladia

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Botryocladia

Gracilaria

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Gracilaria

Chaetomorpha

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Chaetomorpha

Halimeda

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Halimeda

Coralline

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Coralline

Sargassum

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Sargassum

Glaxaura

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Glaxaura

Caulerpa serrulata

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Caulerpa serrulata

Gelidium

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Gelidium

Ulva

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Ulva