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Old 07-14-2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Removing Green Bubble Algae

I spotted a small bubble algae a few days ago but didn't remove it. Today I checked and now there's tiny speck of these bubble algae (that I could barely see) everywhere. I was hoping that leaving one in there wouldn't be a problem but now there's atleast 20 small ones.

What to do now? Leave them in there and let them pop? Buy a crab to eat them? Wait for them to get bigger and remove manually?
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Alot of people have good luck with Emerald Crabs.
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I pull them off the LR when they get large enough to grab. I had emeralds and they never touched them.
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Re: Removing Green Bubble Algae

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Wait for them to get bigger and remove manually

I never understood the emerald crab theory since in eating it, they are popping it for you. If your gonna do manual removal, do it outside the tank over a bucket of sw so if it pops, you can give it a good rinse before returning it to the tank. Another option is to starve it out. It is just a type of algae and without nitrates and phosphates to feed it, it should die out on it's own. Mine died out on it's own this way. HTH
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sorry to but in but what heppens if they pop?
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I had emerald crabs that did a great job. They did pop, but the only ones that showed up after that grew towards the top of the tank. If any grew on the bottom, I didn't see them, or the crabs got to them before I knew they were there.
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sorry to but in but what heppens if they pop?

When they pop, they release spores and they will spread.
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I also had good results with my emerald crab on Bubble algea. Cant find any more
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Emeralds are hit and miss. Mine never touched it. I've read many posts on them with mixed reviews.
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