Kill Green bubble

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by Heavenly Corals, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. I am wanting to clean my rocks that are infested with green bubbles, what is best way to do this?
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  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Best way? Well the best way is to remove all the rocks with bubble, and never put them back in your tank. Now usually that's inconvenient because you have corals, coraline, money invested in the rocks you don't want to just throw away. So you have a number of choices, remove rocks, scrub outside. Pick off manually, use siphon hose as you're doing it to suck them up while you're working.

    However you should be fully prepared to have to deal with this problem forever and just notch it up as another piece of tank maintenance that you add to the list.
  3. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Crush them
  4. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Reef Geek 3D Printed

    Uh, no. That will just cause them to spread.
  5. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Pop them, emerald crabs, fox face rabbitfish, stiff brush
    Or of course remove the rock and dry it out
    Desiccation is a sure cure
  6. I'm going to remove all corals and then soak in water for a day. I think this is best

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  7. Will RO/DI water work or just dry out? My goal is to cut rock out, cut coral off rock. Then ill clean inside tank with water and brush to remove more bubbles. Pipes and return hose needs to be clean, can i just run fresh water through pips and hose to kill anything in them? Rock not really important, I'm not going to use it for awhile if ever, just want to start over from scratch. Want GREEN BUBBLES GONE!!! Lol they are so ugly...

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  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Uhh no, it won't, but not killing them will!

    Popping/crushing and manual removal is the advice Rich Ross has given the club anyhow.
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  9. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Reef Geek 3D Printed

    Do your own research smart-ass. What do you think is contained inside the bubble?
  10. georgec

    georgec Guest

    I had a bad bubble algae infestation for the past year. They were everywhere and forming clumps it was so bad. I tried hand picking and siphoning and it would look fine for a week or so, but then grow back.

    A few months ago, I tossed in 2 emerald crabs and my rock work and sand bed are now clean. I had to pick off areas they can't reach, but I'm not getting any regrowth. I known the crabs are hit or miss, but the ones I got worked like a charm.
  11. I put in 5 emerald crabs 2 months ago and i popped some and crabs made some come off the rock, but in a matter a couple weeks they came back and covered every spot on rock. How do I kill all of the bubbles? Let the rocks dry out or soak rock in fresh water?

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  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Either way will work
  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I don't have problems with bubble algae, do you?
    What do you think is inside? I trust rich and Erin who both say popping works great and won't spread them. If you think you know better than them, fine by me. I'll listen to professionals who know more than I do , not a random Angry sounding fellow on the forum that I've never met or seen his tank.
  14. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    Emerald crabs worked for me...had to crush the really large ones they couldn't get a grip on.... My rabbit fish wouldn't touch them, but may have been just the one fish.

  15. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    I can't get the rocks out of my tank, so I started syphoning them out (large tweasers and a siphon) each time I did a water change. After about 3 water changes I was back on top of the problem. They are still there, but nothing like they were before. It's tedious, but not impossible.
  16. Yea my rocks are attached to tank so I cant just pull the out, I have to cut them out. Waiting for a part to come in mail today so I can start cutting. Ill take a picture when light comes on

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  17. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Reef Geek 3D Printed

    The bubbles contain spores that will grow more algae. Popping while surrounded by a siphon cup will remove the spores but just popping them can increase the problem. I have gotten at least a dozen rescue corals with bubble algae and removed it while in a separate container while acclimating. I don't have a single piece of bubble algae in my tank
  18. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I am not sure I agree with you about the spores causing it to spread when they are crushed or popped. Where are you getting that from?
  19. Here are a few pictures.. once mailman gets here I am going to start cutting rock out[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Regarding the spores in the bubble algae, good article here:

    Basically, from that and what I have heard elsewhere:
    Yes, there are spores inside some bubble algae, but the fear is blown a bit out of proportion.

    Key : Popping them is always better than leaving them as-is!
    So if you can do it outside the tank, or with a siphon, great.
    But if not, pop and scrape them anyway. Left alone, they will definitely put out spores.

    Manual removal as possible
    Nitrate reduction

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