Unknown Bubbles

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by wiesnerm, 29 Jul 2009.

  1. wiesnerm

    wiesnerm

    Joined:
    5 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Midstream
    Can someone identify what these bubble thingies are. The first time I saw them was about 3 months ago and there were 4 of them. Then they seemed to burst open and disappeared and a few days afterwards, I saw others in another spot in the tank. Now I have 3 clusters of these in the tank.

    What are they? Are they good news or bad news? If bad news, how to I get rid of them?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    Very Bad news. It's red bubble algae and it can spread throughout the tank in one day. Nothing really eats it either although I have seen a yellow tang with one in its mouth. It has taken me 6 months to get rid of the stuff. It is pure evil...
     
  4. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    Don't pop them either, when they clear you can pop them in the tank but the ones in your pic look like mature ones, once popped they release spores that spread around the whole tank...
     
  5. Sentari

    Sentari

    Joined:
    15 May 2009
    Posts:
    2,084
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg
    Why not just remove the rock or whatever it is on?
     
  6. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    Looks like a turbo snail, I would remove it and throw it away if it just a shell, or give it a good scrub if it is still alive...
     
  7. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    As far as I know when green bubble algae goes clear then they went sexual and must not be popped. Not sure about the red one? They should be the same?
     
  8. wiesnerm

    wiesnerm Thread Starter

    Joined:
    5 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Midstream
    Two of the groupings are on a empty shells which I will throw away. The other grouping is on a piece of LR. I will take that out and give it a scrub.

    Must I just scrub it with salt water and a nail brush or something?
     
  9. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    Try taking the bubbles off with a blade or knife or something without popping them. Then scrub the area they were in with a nail brush. Give the rock a quick rinse in some saltwater and then you can put the rock back in the tank.

    As far as I know the red ones are bad when they aren't clear. The ones I had in my tank start off clear and as they get bigger you can start to see the spores in them...
     
    wiesnerm likes this.
  10. wiesnerm

    wiesnerm Thread Starter

    Joined:
    5 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Midstream
    Thanks for your help Manic. I am gald to report that i removed the bubbles, gave the rock a good scrubbing and I have not noticed any bubbles for more than a week now. I will keep holding thumbs.:thumbup:
     
  11. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    I'm holding thumbs for you too. Mine goes away for a while but it always seems to come back. I think I have finally found a solution though, recently purchased a black bean angel and I see it likes eating the bubbles. So for the moment I am bubble free for the first time in 7 months now... :)
     
  12. Sentari

    Sentari

    Joined:
    15 May 2009
    Posts:
    2,084
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg
    Good to hear!
     
  13. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    29 May 2007
    Posts:
    17,868
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Cape Town
    The green bubble algae is known as Valonia. The red bubble algae is not family of the green bubble algae at all. I have NEVER had the red bubble algae ever survive, neither it cause trouble, in my tank at all.... (had it appear quite a few times - but it always just died out).
     
  14. Nemos Janitor

    Nemos Janitor

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    8,384
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Joe's Mountain
    Ok now i am not sure on this one. Maybe Tony can comment as well but i have a red bubble type algae that grows in my nano. It starts of looking like red bubble algae and turns into what i think is Halymenia. Whilst i cannot find reference to this i assume it is similar to Debesia in it's Halicystis phase. Give me a moment and i will get a pic or two to show you what i mean.
     
  15. Nemos Janitor

    Nemos Janitor

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    8,384
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Joe's Mountain
    Here is a pic of a burst/transforming Halymenia.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And this is what it turns into.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Boendoe

    Boendoe

    Joined:
    13 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    598
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wilropark Roodepoort
    Al so had them but they died after a month or so
     
  17. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Is this good or bad...?
     
  18. Nemos Janitor

    Nemos Janitor

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    8,384
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Joe's Mountain
    Errrr... Immm... Ahhh... Well it is considered an ornamental algae and and seems to have a positive effect on water quality. Tangs love it. Might be a good DSB species however it might end up all over a tank. It is not classed as a nuisance algae. Very pretty in a tank though.
     
  19. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Cape Town

    When you saying water quality is that good water quality...or...
     
  20. Nemos Janitor

    Nemos Janitor

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    8,384
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Joe's Mountain
    I said it has a positive effect on water quality. So it improves WQ.
     
  21. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Cape Town

    Thanks...
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Unknown Bubbles Forum Date
Unknown "bubbles" Marine Fish Discussions 31 Jul 2009
Unknown growth or something on my live rocks ID Needed 1 Nov 2016
Unknown Black Surgeonfish ID Needed 11 Sep 2016
Unknown Inhabitant ID Needed 16 Aug 2016
Unknown Zoa issue Soft Corals 7 May 2016
Unknown Orange Softy ID Needed 3 May 2016
unknown bug ID pls ID Needed 26 Mar 2016