green like metallic ball like things

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  1. marcjam

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    help green like marble (metallic) looking balls floating in my tank.
     
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    welcome if i have not done so somewhere already? perhaps vilonia algae? also known as sailors eyeballs? without a pic it wuill be hard to pinpoint the culprit.. give us more info size of ball etc
     
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    hey marc, those sound very much like bubble algae to me. there are a number of threads on them, but with carful removal you shouldnt have a majoy problem.

    i had a HUGE outbreak from the LR when i fisrt brought it but managed to get it under controll quite quickly.

    if bthey are in the water collom (free floating) i would suggest netting the balls out, or turning power heads off and siphoning them out.

    are any attached to LR?

    NOW pay attention here.....IF they have a milky apperance you do NOT want to burst those. they have millions of spores which will seed your tank. Look out for those. the bright green (normally a fairly dark green) are fine, but still best to try avoid popping them.
     
  5. crispin

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    is this the stuff???

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    Do you want some more? I got extra, can have them, free...

    take them out carefully, they got a short root like thing sometimes, I scoop them out with the back of a spoon while syphoning the tank. DO NOT BURST THEM, especially the big dull ones. That way, if it pops, hopefully I get the spores.
    And if they come loose and syphon miss them , they floats around with you chasing
    them. Nice game, trying to catch a round small floatie without bursting it.
    Under control now, hopefully.
    Only had two very small bubbles this last 2 weeks.
     
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    or just get an arrow crab when your local lfs next gets stock i from the states / hawaii......they about R150;)
     
  8. crispin

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    i heard arrow crabs are happier eating bristle worms than bubble algae?

    and that they get very big.

    and will take small sleeping fish?

    or do I have the wrong idea of them?
     
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    Agree with Crispin,
    what else will the arrow crab eat, if there are no more bubble algae?
     
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    no riaanp, my point was that i didnt know they ate bubble algae.

    Marco can you confirm that?
     
  11. marcjam

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    thanks every one it looks like i have valonia just have to fish them out. only one prob one is stuck on a piece of LR and under a mushroom :(
     
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    I have the same problem i normally remove them very carefully
    had quite a few that was stuck too my mushrooms
    Please is there any of the gurus that can tell me how to remove valonia which is still attach to the mushrooms
     
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    Don't worry, it won't nuke your tank ;)
     
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