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coryaquarium101
04/24/2010, 09:37 PM
I have a candy cane coral that I got from my neighbor. There is about 6 bubble algae bubbles on it in different spots. Should I take it out of the water and try to take them off or what is the best way to get rid of them without it spreading? I know it's not smart to pop them because it will release spores. Also there are some branches that don't have live polyps, how should I cut the dead branches off?

Aquarist007
04/24/2010, 09:55 PM
Take the coral out of the water and quickly pick off the bubbles at the base with a pair of tweezer. Rinse the coral off in some existing tank water and place back in the display tank.
I would not try to take the bubbles off in the display tank or you risk introducing the bubble spores

64Ivy
04/25/2010, 04:39 AM
Ditto what the Cap't said. But get on this quick, like right now, as you do NOT want this stuff to spread any further.

Burlingtonz
04/25/2010, 10:48 AM
Does anyone know if there are any Tangs which will eat the Bubble Algae?

lougotzz
04/25/2010, 11:03 AM
Emereld crabs eat bubble algae.

NYCBOB
04/25/2010, 11:22 AM
another way to remove it is siphon it out.

jeepguy242
04/25/2010, 11:41 AM
easiest to take it out, listen to your captain!

tjmarty
04/25/2010, 12:13 PM
emereld crabs eat bubble algae.

+1

dwd5813
04/25/2010, 12:24 PM
do a water change and reserve some of the old water in a 5g bucket. take the affected rock out and place it in the bucket. use tweezers or another flat instrument to PRY (not pop) the bubble(s) off. swish the rock in the water and replace in the tank.

whipit
04/25/2010, 12:34 PM
+1 my emerald crabs wiped out all my bubble algae:) yum

AKG10
04/25/2010, 01:29 PM
When possible try to avoid putting anything that is not living tissue if it has had bubble algae on it. When bubble algae gets started in the tank it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate. Just try to remove any as soon as you notice them

cloak
04/25/2010, 02:22 PM
Just pick as many off the rocks as you can right before a water change. Taking the rock out of the tank is great and all, but sometimes it's not that easy when your rock structure has fused together. Coralline growth does this, coral growth, maybe epoxy, etc. It's one piece now. Like mentioned above, keep a close eye. You never really know what your going to get with each new addition.

Navyblue
04/25/2010, 03:12 PM
Take it out when you have only 6, it will become a lot less fun when you have what I had. I spent about one full day "harvesting" about 1 gallon of it.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85/Navyblue/Aquarium/120G%20Rimless%20Setup/IMG_9282.jpg

fishchef
04/25/2010, 05:32 PM
Red Sea Sailfin Tangs eat bubble and I've had success with Foxfaces. I even had a regular Sailfin that did a nice job. They're also nice additions to any reef too.

cloak
04/25/2010, 09:07 PM
Red Sea Sailfin Tangs eat bubble and I've had success with Foxfaces. I even had a regular Sailfin that did a nice job. They're also nice additions to any reef too.


I agree. My desjardini made short work of the bubbles I had.

Aquarist007
04/25/2010, 09:38 PM
It's not always a guarantee that a fish or invert will eat whatever its suppose to.
I still would go with manual removal if you can.

Aquarist007
04/25/2010, 09:39 PM
Take it out when you have only 6, it will become a lot less fun when you have what I had. I spent about one full day "harvesting" about 1 gallon of it.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85/Navyblue/Aquarium/120G%20Rimless%20Setup/IMG_9282.jpg

wow---I guess you don't have a nitrate or phosphate problem with all that algae;)

woody283
04/25/2010, 09:44 PM
My emerald dont touch the stuff;(

moneytimetycoon
04/25/2010, 10:08 PM
Emeralds are hit or miss careful and tedious removal always works

SleepyMike
04/25/2010, 10:10 PM
I also have emeralds and a sailfin. Ive never seen them touch the stuff. I think it is very hit and miss with live stock to controll it. You just have to get lucky I think. The capn has the best and cheapest idea imo. Manual removal. I use my siphon hose whan I cant remove the piece they are on. Gently nudge it to see if it will break free and come out without popping.

Good luck!

Voyager22
04/25/2010, 10:57 PM
take it out get a bucket with your tank water and start popping/removing...