Bubble algae


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I don't know if this is the right forum of not, I have a growing problem of two different types of bubble algae. what are some different ways to get rid of it?

I've heard about emerald crabs, but I don't know If I want those in my reef tank.

Thanks for the help


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I don't think you want an emerald crab either. I don't know of anything that really eats it.

I went through a period of a few months when I had a LOT of the long skinny type of bubble algae. I would manually remove some of it, but finally gave up. Then one day I noticed it seemed like less of it in the tank. I also saw my hippo tang eat a couple of pieces of it.....strange I know.

If your nitrates and phosphates are zero, it should go away on it's own. Maybe try growing some macros to outcompete the bubble algae for nutrients.


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Foxface's are good at eating it ;) If you do manual removal, use a siphon hose and siphon it out as your scraping it off. This will reduce the chances of it spreading.