We are still stumped by this white hair-like growth that remains consistent in our tank. Here are a couple of microscopic images that we are hoping will help us identify it. To me, these images look very plant-like, rather than bacterial as some other aquarists have suggested. The only thing we have changed since we began seeing this growth was to dose KH, as our levels were on the low end of the recommended range. Dosing with KH has made no positive or negative change. We are posting these to a forum to see if anyone can help us further.
How did we take these pictures?
We purchased a simple microscope recently, mostly to help us ID this growth, and because there are so many times since we began reefing we wondered what things looked like microscopically.
This little scope has proved to be quite handy, and fun. It is a “My First Lab” microscope we bought from Amazon for $65, and with a 4X, 10X, and 40X magnification, works quite well for what we need it for. After we zoomed in on the growth (photo’s above), we simply snapped a photo through the ocular.
Now lets hope that some marine biologist or scientist out there can look at these photo’s and help ID it!