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Green bubble algae

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Category: Help
Forum Name: General Help
Forum Description: The place to ask about pest, problems, hitchhikers, etc.
Printed Date: September 21 2018 at 2:30am

Topic: Green bubble algae
Posted By: leatherneck1833
Subject: Green bubble algae
Date Posted: July 09 2017 at 10:12am
Hello all,

I have some green bubble algae that is starting to become a problem. After trying to remove some by hand (and being less successful than I hoped) I decided to buy an emerald crab to help out. He died. I am thinking of purchasing another emerald crab but wanted to ask if there was another method to control the algae. I have a 30 gal tank and cannot add large fish.
Thanks in advance!

Posted By: Aquaristnewbie
Date Posted: July 09 2017 at 4:05pm
I had this issue in a smaller tank a while ago. The thing that worked best for me since I couldnt add a tang or something was to remove as much as I could by hand and added 2 emerald crabs. They went to town on the rest.

55 gallon FOWLR
14 gallon biocube reef
Millcreek Utah

Posted By: leatherneck1833
Date Posted: July 09 2017 at 4:59pm

Posted By: Mark Peterson
Date Posted: July 09 2017 at 9:24pm
Emerald Crabs. Thumbs Up

Valonia Algae bubbles can get too large for the Emerald Crabs to physically handle. When that happens, stick a pin/needle through the end of a long thin stick and pop them. The deflated bubbles can then be eaten by the Emerald Crabs.

Many people worry that popping Valonia spreads it. Truth is, it spreads all by itself anyway, so popping it is a good thing because Emeralds can then eat it.

Mark  Hug

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Posted By: leatherneck1833
Date Posted: July 10 2017 at 7:16am
Thanks Mark

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