Bubble Algae out of control

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  1. Martinf

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    My 60l tank is covered in bubble algae. I have tried to remove them manually but they keep coming back. This is a endless battle.

    I want to remove the live rock and clean it with a high pressure hose to remove all the bubble algae. The same for all the equipment.

    How will this effect the bio filter ? Or will i have to start from scratch ?

    My only concern with that is my anemone which i don't really want to give up. I have spoken to my lfs and they will keep the 2 clown fish and the 3 corals for a few weeks but i don't think they will keep the anemone for 6 month for the system to mature.

    Please help !!
     
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    i cannot find emerald crabs anywhere. Also its so bad I don't they will be able to keep up.
     
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    Couldn't you ask your lfs to order them for you?
     
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    Oh they keep up alright
     
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    @RiaanP posted something about bubble algae a while back. The problem with bubble algae is if the bubble pop when trying to remove it they keep spreading. Cant remember exactly the method to remove it.
     
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    how much rock are you talking about?

    Maybe worthwhile to get others. Move livestock to a tub and properly clean out the display.

    Rock with bubble you can keep in a closed black bin for a couple of months and then resell them.
     
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    Maybe get two
     
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    and I removed them with the back rounded end of a spoon. Carefully dug underneath and remove. But then again, the few I had is nothing compared to what you got.

    Once they go dull, then they are mature, be then very careful not to pop them.
     
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    @RiaanP its one piece so all the rock from the tank will be removed at once. If i move the live stock out put clean display and place new rock. I would then replace sand as well and new water. It will basically be a new setup which means i will have to sell the anemone. I will move the 2 clowns to my other tank.

    I think this will be my best option !
     
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    use a solid straw and airline tubing, suck then outta the tank using the straw to dislodge them, this or the emerald crab, or remove all the rock
     
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    unless you get cured liverock, and transport it to your place under water.
    Then its like a tank move.
     
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    That's probably the worse I've ever seen. I've got it in my tanks, but no more than a few bubbles here and there. I do have competing macroalgae and corals though. I'd do as suggested above and get an LFS to order you an emerald crab.
     
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    Without sounding like the Grimm reaper , you have another thread with issues etc, I think maybe a tank clean and restart is needed.

    If you pm me your water Params, tank size, stock you have etc I am sure I can help with a loan tank etc
    And also help with a reef strategy etc
     
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    @dallasg it seems like ye has two tanks, in the other thread he had different ls
     
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    @dallasg thanks for the offer. Will pm you.
     
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    start over .bubble algae is a nightmare
     
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    Issue is, even if you start over you've got a chance of some surviving on the live rock and just taking over again. It's really resilient stuff, can even survive in an unlit sump for months.
     
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