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please tell me this aint that "bubble algae" stuff!! it looks like it to me.so far its only on one piece of rock which has shrooms on it. the minute i think my tank is at its best.....bammmm.if it is "bubble algae" how do i get rid of it?.......please help...tia

the pics arent the best......still learning...:rolleyes:
 

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yup. that's bubble algae ... sorry to say it though :(

as for getting rid of it. you need to remove it WITHOUT breaking the bubbles in the tank.

if that rock can be moved, pull it and remove the bubbles carefully. if you cant pull the rock, then be even more carfeful.

an emerald crab will devour the stuff, but may also get other stuff too. if it's just that small section, then just pull them out ever so carefully.

good luck!
 

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y eah, just pull them off, the bubbles (t5hat I experienced) are a lot harder to pop than I thought, but be gentle to be on the safe side, it's really not something to sweat as much as you are
 

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should i do it in the sink under running water.....would it hurt the shrooms.the rock is only about the size of a fist.also what cause this stuff to grow.what can i do to prevent it from coming back.....:cool:
 

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Ok I wont tell you that it is bubble algae


:D

Jeff
 

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NO dont do it under the sink in running water!!!!!

that'll kill the bacteria in your rock!!
 

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I removed mine in a rubbermaid with madeup saltwater. I used my fingernail to get under them and pop them off. Just dont put this water back into tank because if you popped any of them, the spores will be everywhere and then can REALLY take over your tank.
 

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Tweezers and a baster. The base has a stem grab it by the stem lift and suck it up for the rocks ya cant remove.
 

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I guess I got lucky, I had a bucket with make up water, and had a large container of more make up water, and while I picked with tweezers, hubby ran water gently from the jug over it, 'course I only had about 4 bubbles. that was 2 yrs ago, and nothing since. What does cause them? anyone know?
 

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I was going to tell you those were bu---------------------- Oh never mind I think you have found out already!!:D
 

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Whoo hoo, time for a bubble algae removal party... I just got rid of a bunch last night. I actually pulled them out with my syphon hose while doing a water change. After the suction was flowing I slid my hose over them, and gave ever so slight a shake to loosen the bubble. Pulled out about 5 intact. In the past I have had good luck with the turkey baster method.
 

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I guess I got lucky, I had a bucket with make up water, and had a large container of more make up water, and while I picked with tweezers, hubby ran water gently from the jug over it, 'course I only had about 4 bubbles. that was 2 yrs ago, and nothing since. What does cause them? anyone know?
thanks everyone for the responses.....i like your method monique.i think i will do it that way.:dance: .hopefully it wont come back anymore. it sucks that as soon as i get a camera... before i can post a pic of my tank i got to post a pics of bubble algae.... :mad:
 

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I also pull out the rocks and tweezers them off in water-change water [the old stuff I'm going to dump] ... making sure to agitate well before returning to the tank.

Still battling the blasted stuff ... hopefully my emerald will help me out. I had a little in my QT tank on rocks and the emerald there did the job ... but I also feed that tank a lot less. Guess I may need a couple to take care of it ... pretty slow growing, but it shows up the most annoying/difficult places.

I'd remove manually the most you can ... do it in used water you're going to toss. The siphon trick never worked that well for me ... mine holds on too well.

At least it's pretty for being a nuisance. Hair algae spreads faster and is uglier ...
 

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I wonder if emerld crabs only make this worse. When those bubbles break a slime comes out, I'm sure this only helps it to spread. Just a thought.

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mkelly....thats a good point....maybe they eat all that stuff too.....
 

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I bought a emerald because people said they would eat bubble and hair algae. To this day mine hasn't touch neither.
 

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Tiny said:
I bought a emerald because people said they would eat bubble and hair algae. To this day mine hasn't touch neither.
Mine only eats the bubble algae when all other algae is gone...
 

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ive always had bubble algea in my tanks it has never bothered me so ive never bothered it. i think it adds some beauty to the tank. i have only seen one type reach plague proportions that was the tubular, long bubble algea. its not worth the trouble of removal to me.
 
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