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Old 12-08-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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Is this bubble algae and if so do I need to get rid of it?

Hi had my tank set up for about 4 months now
got some live rock about 1 month ago and ive just noticed
all these small silverish bubbles is this bubble algae and if so do
I need to get rid of it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #2
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Good article on bubble algae. Not sure what you've got, since most I've seen is green.

'Bubble' Alage: Selected Descriptions, Controls and Comments by Horge Cortes-Jorge, Jr. - Reefkeeping.com
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all the bubble algae that I have seen varies from bright-green to almost black. There is some on the rock but the silver bubble look almost like oxygen bubbles to me. Try waving your hand above them. If they float off and to the surface it's just O2 (or possible C02 or some other gas).

Don't break the bubble algae bubbles in your tank. That can just release spores and cause a lot more bubble algae.

A lot of people hate the idea of any crabs in your aquarium but emerald crabs can help by consuming the bubble algae.
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Thanks jaybird willl give it a try
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Emerald crabs for bubble algae, and peppermint shrimp for aptasia. Both MAY only work with smaller growths of the pests. I've never heard or read where they do much with either of them after having grown a bit or the larger pieces.
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I have found that siphoning it up when you do your PWC will help to get rid of it.
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