Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 02-20-2008, 02:53 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 35
transparent green balls

I have these little green balls growing on my LR. They just showed up and now there seems to be alot more of them showing up. Does anybody know what they are? The lfs doesent know what they are. Any ideas?

s10469 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 03:25 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Sure sounds like bubble algae to me. Look like this?

If so, it's pretty common stuff. Really surprised your LFS didn't have a clue. Don't pop them... the spores inside will spread like wildfire. You can carefully try to "roll" them off your rock with your fingers, but be gentle. Or you can take the rock out of the tank and scrub them off. You can also try the "scrape and suck with your siphon tube during water change" method to get them off. That works fairly well and if you happen to bust the bubble all the spores get sucked into the siphon tube and into your old water.

Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 03:26 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Sadielynn's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,835
With out pics it is hard to say but it sounds like bubble algea (valonia) Nasty little things grow quickly However you can take your rock out scrub them off and then rinse in fresh salt water and replace in your tank ...
Nanoreefing site
2 nanos
10 gallon ~6.5 gallon custom
Sadielynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 35
s10469 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 09:24 PM   #5
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
'Bubble' Alage: Selected Descriptions, Controls and Comments by Horge Cortes-Jorge, Jr. - Reefkeeping.com

Read this
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 12:56 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
It does kind of look like bubble, but I haven't see it that light of a color (the oblongish shape doesn't seem to look like bubble). It could possibly be some type of codium or even valonia) Can you get a closer look at the base and see if they are attached? I imagine there are many species of it with different shading.

Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moss Balls/Marimo Balls (Cladophora aegagropila) lmw80 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 05-11-2007 09:12 PM
chain sword going transparent... JDogg Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 29 11-22-2006 09:43 PM
Help!!! Hard green balls in my tank! becka Saltwater & Reef - Identification 5 05-25-2005 12:14 PM
green balls on lr tbrock Saltwater & Reef - Identification 11 12-01-2004 04:46 PM
Little green round balls on live rock? Dewey Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 09-10-2003 11:11 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:06 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.