bubble algae

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  1. Rids

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    :thumbup:hi guys
    i need some help with bubble algae (green)
    cant get rid of it
    every time i remove some it just grows back like crazy
    are there any fish or creatures that eat this bubble algae
    or what else will remove it permanantely
    thanks :)
     
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    Hi,

    Get yourself an Emerald crab
     
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    I had some red bubble algae when i got my yellow tang it lasted about one day. He also eats calupra , halimeda and red algae. I am sure he would eat green bubble algae.
     
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    Only invertebrate that eats it is emerald crabs. The normal algae eating snails can break the hard shell of the bubble algae. Not even seahares eat it... Only emerald crabs are strong enough to actually crush the bubble...
     
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    but doesn't an emerald crab spread the bubble algae by bursting it?
     
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    or you can use a rounded backend of a teaspoon, to work in under it. Do not pop the bubble. If still small it does not matter as the bubble is not sexually matured. But bigger bubbles that goes dull will spread spores if popped.

    that is how I got rid of mine. Just switch off the flow pumps, as it is bloody difficult to try and catch a floating bubble in the currents.
     
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    so the bubble algae will only spread once it reaches sexual maturity
     
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    if you can take the piece of rock that has the algae out of the water you can cut out the algae very easily without popping it. ofcourse that wont work on bigger rocks
     
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    Tropical abalone will too, but we don't see them imported very often. If you ever see one of these for sale then grab it...they're ridiculously good algae eaters:

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    Don't confuse it with a Stomatella, which looks similar but is way smaller and will only eat microalgae. These guys are big.
     
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