04-02-2010, 10:32 AM
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Thank you! I have taken the rock with most of the bubbles on it and scrubbed it well. I now have it in a separate bin of salt water with a heater but I don't have another light so I'll have hope that things come back to life once I put it back in the aquarium. I've already seen one of the Emerald crabs eat a bubble but it looked like he broke the bubble with his claw and then continually put pieces in his mouth. Should I not be worried about him breaking the bubbles? David
Originally Posted by bettababy
Emerald crabs do a pretty good job of controlling bubble algae, and from what I see of your tank inhabitants, they should work into your population well.
I would strongly suggest avoiding pulling the bubbles out. Each time a bubble breaks, new spores are released into the water, which will only serve to spread and repopulate the bubbles.
You can attempt to move the rocks out, remove the bubbles and soak the rock in some heated saltwater, but I would be sure to put a light over the container so that you don't lose important growth on the rock. If you have a quarantine tank to use, that would be a better route than a bucket, but the same thing applies with the spores... if they are released into the water, it will only serve to repopulate the bubble algae.
My best control technique over the yrs has always come from emerald crabs.