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Old 01-25-2004, 12:04 AM   #1
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bubble algeeeee?

This stuff is slowly appearing on every piece of live rock I have...please advise! It has also found a home on my birdsnest coral...I try to pull it off the rocks, but most of it just "pops" and is difficult to remove.
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If it pops like its filled of fluid then it could be some form of bubble algae but the only bubble algae that I am fimular with forms round spheres.
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Old 01-29-2004, 11:44 PM   #3
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anyone...anyone?
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Old 01-30-2004, 12:13 AM   #4
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Botryocladia sp. (pseudodichotoma) I think

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any guesses on how to controll it? it is beginning to take over my tank.
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About the only means of control is manual removal and greatly limiting the nutrient that feeds it. Primarily PO4 and NO3 will keep it going strong. I do not know enough about this species of algae to recommend a natural predator but I think once the nutrient is kept in check, the algae will die off.

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dose the emerald crab eat it. i tought i had seen some where that some love to eat it.
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I do not believe this is a species of valonia but if so, the mithrax may be of some help. Often they do more to spread it but there is always a chance of that no matter what action you take. Quite honestly I would start with the manual removal and limit the nutrient level first before introducing something with claws...

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it's almost impossible to remove by hand. It's soft, and extremely slippery. Any pressure and they just pop...which probably results in it spreading.

It's very frustrating
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