Algae on my Bubbles... :-(

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  1. Christy

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    Hello...

    A bit of brown algae seems to have taken hold on the on outside of some of my lovely bubble coral... just a little.

    Should I be worried about this...is it harmful?... will the coral handle the situation itself... is there anything I can do to help it get rid of the issue??

    Help!!

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. viper357

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    Is it a very dark brown algae, smooth to the touch? Any chance of a photo?
     
  4. Christy

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    Thanks Viper!!

    Here is a photo for you... it is the normal brown algae, it's not getting particularly worse, but nor is is getting any better!!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I had something similar inside the flesh of my open brain coral.
    Had it when my substrate was covered with diatoms.
    Took a few weeks to go away.
    Lets see what the experts say.
     
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    Ok, completely the opposite to what I was thinking of. I must admit I haven't seen that before, but then I've also never owned a bubble coral, it does look fairly uniform on a few of the polyps so perhaps concentrated zooxanthellae? No idea really, sorry.

    p.s. Thanks for the perfect pic. :)

    Maybe @robvdv or someone else can help.
     
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    Hope so!! ... Thanks anyway!! :)
     
  8. robvdv

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    That's what it looks like to me.

    Your coral might have come in bleached and is only now recovering its zoox, or alternatively it's developing more zoox due to higher nutrients than it's used to.

    Algae seldom grows on coral, and when it does, it normally encroaches from the base up rather than dusts the surface like this.
     
  9. Christy

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    But overall does it look healthy??

    Should I be concerned, or will the coral get over this itself, given time??

    Is there anything I can do to help it?

    :)
     
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    Your coral mybe recovering and is starting to get back its original colour, so if that is what is happening, you don't need to worry it is a good thing.
     
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    It looks absolutely fine to me
     
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    I am with @robvdv - bubbles can change their algae concentration due to changes in food availability or change in lighting. This look normal to me.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Mine started to do the same a couple of weeks ago. I bought it a bit bleached imo, so the suggestions of it recovering make perfect sense. Its looking better every week.
     
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