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LtDster
07/01/2017, 07:34 PM
Just came back from a week vacation with my tank in the care of a friend. Everything looks good except for these odd looking shinny bulbous things in one of my zoanthids colony's. I first thought it was bubble algae and tried to suck it out but it was very solid. So I took some pictures...the corals seem to be retreating around it and the ones not right next to it looked mostly okay before I started poking and prodding.

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Please help, and thanks in advance.


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AlSimmons
07/01/2017, 08:22 PM
It looks like bubble algae to me as well.

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-02/hcj/feature/index.php

Reef Junkie
07/02/2017, 09:57 AM
It looks like bubble algae to me as well.



http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-02/hcj/feature/index.php



I agree, that's bubble (velonia) algae.


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JonCubb
07/02/2017, 11:13 AM
+1 for Bubble Algae.

Randy27
07/04/2017, 02:50 AM
Welcome to the world of having a pest species in your tank lol. Yep, bubble algae.

sh4rkbyt3
08/02/2017, 01:53 PM
They're easy to manage and get rid of. Just try to remove without popping them, if you can. Whenever I had a small out break I'd remove them and simply add some more snails eventually I never saw one again after 2 small outbreaks.

Arringar
08/08/2017, 09:35 PM
Definitely bubble algae. Research will tell you emerald mithrax crabs will eat it, and they will but not very well. But a foxface lo (no spot foxface) will eliminate it.

I had an EPIC infestation of bubble algae. Entire rocks completely covered in it in layers. Fought the issue for 2 years trying to solve the problem with nutrient reduction. Even converted to zeovit/ULNS to try to get rid of it but even that didn't affect it. I got a foxface lo about 6 weeks ago and the bubble algae is almost completely gone.

ozmosis7
08/17/2017, 07:19 AM
+1 bubble algae