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Old 04-27-2004, 04:41 PM   #1
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What eats bubble algae besides Mithril Greens?

Got some bubble growing and I need to nip it in the bud QUICK !
Crabs are NOT a option !
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Old 04-27-2004, 05:12 PM   #2
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The only tried and true method that works for me is manual removal. I know it sounds like a pain, but it is really the only option I have found that works well enough.

I am in the same boat with you. I refuse to put in crabs to take care of valonia. So tweezers are about the only other option. Luckily, the bubbles are pretty strong and don't pop easily. This is important as popping them will help the algae spread.
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emostats do an excellent job, but if you have enough tank for it...Red Sea Sailfin tangs love the stuff. I've also heard foxface rabbitfish will eat it as well.
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Actually I have a rabbit fish who ate all my bubble algae in one day..
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emostats do an excellent job, but if you have enough tank for it...Red Sea Sailfin tangs love the stuff. I've also heard foxface rabbitfish will eat it as well.
What's an "emostat"? What's the reaction to the venom of a foxface?

Any bubble algae eaters of the smaller tank variety?
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I think they mean "hemostats" those things that doctors use to clamp a blood vessel during surgery. If you are into fly fishing like I am, you use them to remove the fly from the trout's mouth.

You have to be very careful when removing the bubbles cause when they pop the spores are released into the tank..

I actually had a lfs guy tell me to just pop them to get rid of them...I couldn't believe what he was saying....last time I ever talked to that guy about anything remotely to do with something I wasn't sure about... 8O
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Are the bubbles really that tough that you can pinch them and twist them off? I have a couple at a few spots and the one is getting huge. I do have a few emerald crabs but won't they pop the bubble when they go to eat it releasing the spore everywhere?
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meant hemostats, for some reason my fingers get faster than my browser will read my keyboard lately.
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