Lime green algae?

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  1. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    What is this? Should I be concerned?
    It's lime and bright. It does not look like hair algae fortunately.

    The hermits aren't touching it. Snails are questionable.

    TIA
    Lawrence & Betsy
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  2. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    Looks like the usual algae that shows up on rocks before coralline really takes over. How old's the tank and is this a new thing? Any other changes?
     
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  3. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    This is fairly new-last few days. No other changes in tank per se except another diatom bloom -being dealt with snails & hermits. Tank was restarted in January and fish/coral added in..March or April?

    But coraline algae is a good thing-right? And should I scrub with toothbrush or simply leave it?
    Thanks


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  4. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    If it bothers you try shutting the lights off to the tank for three days. That will get rid of it and the diatoms. However, whatever the issue is that's causing the diatoms may mean they come back slowly.
     
  5. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    The lime algae doesn't really bother me per se-I was more curious to whether it could be detrimental to the tank in some way.
    But I can shut the lights off for a couple days


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  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Leave it.
     
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  7. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Thanks!


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  8. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    L forgot to ask about the bubbles here. Is this what I think it is?
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  9. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    Yes -- it's what you think it is. Take care of it before it spreads. I'd pull that plug out and slice off any section completely with the algae. You can do it with a pair of bone cutters or the like. Just do it outside the tank.
     
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  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    If you are willing to keep a fox face, you will never have to worry about bubble algae or any macroalgae. In my tank bubble algae shows up randomly but as soon as it is visible enough, it is gone the next day.
     
  11. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    I have that lime green algae on my rocks too...but I can see the purple starting to show itself
     
  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    90 gal kinda small for fox face. They get big!
     
  13. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Magnificent gets big. One spot fox face, the one I have, only top out at 7".
     
  14. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    We put a couple of Emerald crabs in our tank
     
  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Have you seen yours nipping at coral?
     
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  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I've seen some at least 7", and fat. They don't swim a ton, but in a tank that's 18" front to back not counting the overflow I'd say it's not the best fit. Not saying it can't be done, just saying not the best idea imo
     
  17. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Interesting thought! L just tanked the plug out for the moment. We are realizing we might want to rethink a longer term QT solution. I may try to remove the bubbles... for now, it's holding.


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