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Old 12-25-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Yellow tangs and bubble algae

I've been having an outbreak of red bubble algae (Botryocladia Skottsbergii, a.k.a. Red Valonia) in my reef tank. Has anyone heard of yellow Hawaiian tangs eating them?
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Any fish is going to be hit or miss. How much of an outbreak do you have? I haven't seen that stuff really get a good foothold. How about cutting back on feeding and doing water changes? Put the siphon hose over the bubbles and then pluck them off, so if you break them, the spores will be sucked up.
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I have tried all varieties of tangs on green valonia (bubble algae) and have not found any that will feed on it. I have a Foxface rabbit fish that does eat them, as well as small sea urchins that will work on them too.
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Any fish is going to be hit or miss. How much of an outbreak do you have? I haven't seen that stuff really get a good foothold. How about cutting back on feeding and doing water changes? Put the siphon hose over the bubbles and then pluck them off, so if you break them, the spores will be sucked up.
I had an intense outbreak of it years ago when my chiller crashed and my MH bulbs got old ( it was a time of no money...so I couldn't afford to fix things). It is just now being competed out of existence by the corals, but up till then, it was almost impossible to get it all.
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Ive heard emerald crabs will eat it.
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Ive heard emerald crabs will eat it.
When they are big enough to attack the tough skin on the algae, they are too big for the tank...
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Well, the Foxface has done a pretty good job. He wasn't the total cure, but he helped clean up the bubbles.
Just ordered some more Zoas from the guy on EBay. Have the Aussie purple ones coming as well as some of the orange bullseye ones.
I have a big colony of Zoas ad want to add more variation. Easy to grow and they don't cause trouble!
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Well, the Foxface has done a pretty good job. He wasn't the total cure, but he helped clean up the bubbles.
Just ordered some more Zoas from the guy on EBay. Have the Aussie purple ones coming as well as some of the orange bullseye ones.
I have a big colony of Zoas ad want to add more variation. Easy to grow and they don't cause trouble!
Who is your seller? I always browse ebay but am hesitant...
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I will talk about him, after I see my shipment next week. He had flawless feedback, so that was promising. With shipping the frags averaged $35 per specimen. Average price. But he had the Aussies and many were out, or wanted $50 before shipping. I am trying to build a grove of multicolored Zoas. It will be interesting to see how they behave together. My green and orange ones are really doing well, except the green ones seem to be dominating.
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