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Old 10-16-2003, 08:23 AM   #1
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How to get rid of bubble algae?


I am fairly new in this area. So If anyone has any suggestions, Please let me know. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the green bubble algae in my tank?
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:26 AM   #2
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Well i have been working on a major outbreak but it is slowly coming under control with 3 emerald crabs and picking the biggest bubbles out.............they dont go away over night.
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:27 AM   #3
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Well, how wide spread is it? On all rocks? Just one? There are different ways.

If it is just one small rock, remove it and scrub it with a tooth brush or something. (the bigger bubbles you can usually gently roll/pluck off without popping them) But if you do that, do it OUT of the water as to not spill spores into the tank.

Or, if it is more widespread, I believe mithrax crabs will munch down on bubble algae. There is a snail I have heard of, but I can't think for the life of me what it is, or if that was rumor.
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:41 AM   #4
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Its actually just in a couple spots. I have taken out rocks and pulled the bigger ones off swithout popping them. They are all
over the base of two of my candy cane corals and a couple bunches in a few rocks that are smaller. I have scrubbed them off
before and it seems they just come back worse. Can I use anything on the rocks/coral to keep them from coming back. Its seems I just get them cleaned and the next morning......BOOM, They are much worse.
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:00 AM   #5
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One thing to remember,,,,you bust one open,you seeded the tank with new spores,,,,i tend to let them get a little larger, and carefully try to remove them intact,,,
the late Gary Meadows ,from Harbor Aquatics, used to say Bubble was a good thing/sign,,,,on the fence on that one,,,
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:18 AM   #6
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Thanks to everyone, At least I know that I am doing all that I can do to get rid of the nasty buggers!!
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Old 10-16-2003, 07:08 PM   #7
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Here I go again, bragging about my Foxface... I was overun with bubble, I found myself taking out rock weekly to scrub it. I bought a Foxface and it was all gone inside of two weeks. Some folks say that the Foxface is ifffffy, in regards to munching on soft and lps polyps, I have had no problem with that, IMO your much safer with the Foxface as opposed to the crabs.
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Old 10-16-2003, 09:47 PM   #8
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FEENA, if you leave any remnant algal tissue on the rock, it can self-repair or "re-inflate". If the bubbles (or veicles) were mature, then popping them can indeed release either spores or gametes and start a new infestation elsewhere in the tank.

Be thorough in removal efforts, and be as careful as you can not to rupture the little devils. The most common (and the largest) bubble alga pest reported in aquaria is:

http://mabma.thereeftank.com/ventric...entricosa.html
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Foxface is an option in a larger tank, remember these arent small fish
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Old 10-17-2003, 06:56 AM   #10
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We have had a porcipine puffer prior and it is definatly too large for our tank and my taste. But thanks again for the advice. Its nice to know that others are here to answer my silly questions.
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Well, one of the little bubble algae's that I had in my tank..last night I noticed it was now clear, empty, and a gamerus(sp?) pod was inside the bubble munching. So, I think he popped the bubble... now it is time to wait for the bubble algae bloom...*sighs* Oh well, he DID look cute inside that bubble. heh heh
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Old 10-17-2003, 11:26 AM   #12
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I have a yellow tang that eats bubble algae.
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Old 10-17-2003, 12:19 PM   #13
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I don't believe Valonia actually contain spores...from what I have read they are single celled. Actually the largest of single celled plants.
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Valonia and most bubble algae are unicellular and multinucleate.
So are a heck of a lot of other green algae


However, half the time, bubble algae produce and then store spores in the fluid filled 'bubble' cavity. These spores, if fortunate enough to find a place to settle, develop into bubble algae that are practically identical to their 'parent', save that they produce gametes ---unlike spoores that are viable as 'baby algae' from the git-go, gametes have to hook up, male to female, in order to be a threat, and fused gametss that then find a spot to settle result in a 'bubble alga' that produces spores.

Alernating generations of spore-producers and gamete-producers, though to our eyes they look the same.


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