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Seawater Desalination intake - algae, lichen or mollusc?

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Seawater Desalination intake - algae, lichen or mollusc?

Postby pv0203 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:36 am

Hi, We're currently building a sizable seawater desalination, and the location where the intake is to be has these hard white shells with hollow centers growing on the rocks and wooden surfaces. There are also long (more than 10cm) green algae looking strands.

Would someone please let us know what these might be? We need to make sure they do not grow in our system. A suggestion on how to prevent them from growing (chlorine, biocides, etc) will also be very useful. Thanks.
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Re: Seawater Desalination intake - algae, lichen or mollusc?

Postby billw » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:30 am

They're barnacles.
http://microbiology101.com/
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Postby pv0203 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:06 pm

That was quick. Thanks Bill!
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Re: Seawater Desalination intake - algae, lichen or mollusc?

Postby sara135 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:21 pm

Wow, i did/t know anything about it before... tnx
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