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Old 01-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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Smile Oh Great it started!!..LOL Bubble Algae....

Alright since the new lighting. I have notice a lot of changes. My lighting are only on the most from 8am til 4:30Pm pretty much almost the same daylight time we have. I just want to know how to get rid of it? I know someone has the link for algae issues...
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PWCs will get rid of them quick.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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PWCs will get rid of them quick.
Bubble algae?! LOL... that's a good one! In my experience, nothing but manual extraction will eliminate them.

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ok since you asked...I have heard that emerald crabs will eat bubble algae but I don't understand how they can do this without breaking the bubbles and releasing more spores which seems to me like it will just release more algae. sorry I guess I'm just adding anoter question to this thread.
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.....I have heard that emerald crabs will eat bubble algae but I don't understand how they can do this without breaking the bubbles and releasing more spores which seems to me like it will just release more algae...
I think that's exactly what happens. Except the emerald crabs will only really eat the bubbles when they're really small. And if they create more, then they'll just eat them too. From my understanding (never had any emerald crabs myself), they won't eliminate the bubble algae, but they *may* keep it in check.
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I think that's exactly what happens. Except the emerald crabs will only really eat the bubbles when they're really small. And if they create more, then they'll just eat them too. From my understanding (never had any emerald crabs myself), they won't eliminate the bubble algae, but they *may* keep it in check.
I think that`s a pretty good analysis Kurt. I agree with you. One way I have found to get rid of them is siphon them out with the PWC water. Even if they break the siphon will pull the spores out of the tank.
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...One way I have found to get rid of them is siphon them out with the PWC water. Even if they break the siphon will pull the spores out of the tank.
That's what I do with mine. That, plus using long handled tweezers to yank out the stubborn ones, with a siphon hose in the other hand!
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Good catch Kurt, I must have misread the post. Thanks!
I had an emerald eat a few huge bubbles, don't ask me how he did it but they were there one day and gone in a week, but as in most cases milage can vary.
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