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Unread 03/17/2006, 06:00 PM   #1
JusJim
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Live Rock (Plant??) ID Help & Bubble Algae

I'm pretty sure I spotted what is bubble algae starting on my live rock. Live rock has been in the tank for 2 weeks now and cycling with no fish. Did I read that bubble algae is bad? How should I get rid of it before it gets going too strong. I've only spotted one "bubble" so far.

Also, can anyone tell me what this "plant" is that is growing on my live rock. The one pictured is about an inch tall, but it appears to be sprouting up on several pieces of live rock.




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Unread 03/17/2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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Oh, and just to maybe help with the ID, this is on Fiji Live Rock.


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Unread 03/17/2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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In regards to the bubble algae...after reading some more and seeing a photo it seems that bubble algae is green or black. The bubble I saw was clear, so maybe it's not bubble algae. It's also gone now, so who knows.


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Unread 03/17/2006, 06:14 PM   #4
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I'd need a sharper picture to say much. The second one is a great size, if you could get a sharper version.


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Unread 03/17/2006, 07:01 PM   #5
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I'm going to guess either gracillaria or botryocladia, Its hard to tell from the pics with the other algae growing on it.

Here's a species of gracillaria which is similar in appearance,



and a species of botryocladia.





and an article about Bubble algae


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Unread 03/17/2006, 09:10 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what I have is either one of the photos you suggest. This is sort of like a miniature tree, with a "trunk" so to speak, and then the branches, etc.


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It's hard to see from the first pic, but the growth consists of many individual sprouts. I have drawing of the individual growth form.




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David, the drawing is much more represenative of what it is, than either of the photos.


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That is the growth form of the algae in my first pic its very bushy and hard to see in the pic.


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Unread 03/17/2006, 11:26 PM   #10
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So if it is the gracillaria, is that good or bad?


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Unread 03/17/2006, 11:31 PM   #11
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gracillaria is very good. Anything like tangs or other algae loving fish will go nuts for this stuff. If you plan on having algae eating fish and have a fuge, grow it in there, and make it live fish food for your fish.
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Unread 03/18/2006, 02:26 PM   #12
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It might be a foraminiferan. A search should turn up some pictures. It's a rather large one, if so.


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