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bubble alge?

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saltfishlover

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can someone again please post a pick of bubble alge. i have had my PC lights for almost 6 months and i noticed 3 small round balls on a rock. its the only place i can see them. they are about the size of a B.B. it is dark brown in color. the thing is they feel very hard. i tired to pop it and it took a lot of pressure and now i am left with a shell on the rock.

Is this bubble alge?
 

NeilsReef

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I don't have any pics to post, but what you described sure sounds like bubble algae. After putting an emerald crab in my tank, the bubble algae I had (which was a very small amount, similiar to yours) completely disapeared. I hope this helps.
 

NeilsReef

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This is a quote from one of these links, I hope this helps.

"The reason they end up in the aquarium is because they come in with rock you place in the tank. Often when the rock arrives, there may only be spores and these may be hidden inside the porous parts of the rock itself. Small algae may be present on the rock, but they may be so small that you actually do not see them. Many other reasons exist"

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-02/hcj/feature/

http://www.nano-reef.com/articles/?article=18

http://netclub.athiel.com/algae/algae.html
 

NaH2O

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If you can remove the rock they are on, then do this to eliminate the chance of these breaking in your water. When you have the rock out of water, you can take tweezers and grasp at the attachment point of the algae on the rock, or pull gently with your fingers. Some also have a small siphon going while performing manual removal in the tank - this helps to get any spores that may have made their way to the water column.
 

NeilsReef

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good call Nikki, I was thinking that but you beat me to it. The links I posted also had many ways to remove and combat and identify the bubble algae, I guess I was being a little lazy, pasting links instead of typing.
 
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