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Old 03-31-2003, 02:29 PM   #1
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alage problem

I have marble like balls of alage .that are starting to spread there black and shiney ,how can I get rid of them?
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GENTLY rock them back and forth with a tweezers until they come loose. If they are stubborn, wait a week and try again. Do not break them, they are full of spores. Grow macro algae to compete with them for nutrients.
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Old 03-31-2003, 04:41 PM   #3
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Emerald crabs will supposedly eat this algae. I don't know if they do or not. I have a couple of emerald crabs, but I've never had the algae (valonia?). Mine haven't bothered anything in the tank as far as I can tell...might make a neat addition for your tank.
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Oh crap I popped a couple off and some broke,I guess that means I can expect more.How can I grow macro algae?& would tangs eat it?
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i got like 2 emerald crabs for my 65 and i rarely see bubble algae in my tank.
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Old 03-31-2003, 07:21 PM   #6
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I think Ill get 3 or 4 of them.then see what happens
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Old 03-31-2003, 08:48 PM   #7
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Question. I have been reading about Ventricaria ventricosa (AKA Bubble algae) and in the books I have read, they show this algae as a beneficial and easy to grow alge for control of nitrates and phosphates. Some of which we grow in our refugiums. So, in that sense, why is it so bad? It doesn't harm corals...or anything in a tank, so why get rid of it like it is the plague?

My guess is, it is a personal preference and not a scientific decision to tell others to get rid of it?
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I had a peice of soft coral die ,alittle bubble formed at base and choked it out ,so I don't know how safe it is
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Yes, tangs LOVE calupra (macroalgae) it doesnt need a lot of light. Maybe 2 or 3 watts a gallon. So if you have a fuge or a sump, put it there. It will help a lot.
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Old 03-31-2003, 10:45 PM   #10
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wow good idea,I thought i'd have to get rid of them thanx alot for 411
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