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Old 10-16-2017, 09:11 PM
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Default Loosing battle with bubble algae

So I have been battling bubble algae in my 10 gallon reef for a few months now. Before the summer It was bad, but under control and getting better. Then throughout the summer I got busy, wedding, vacation ect and tank maintenance slipped and the tank got over run.

Since september, I have been doing large weekly water changes sucking out as much of the bubble algae as possible and have made zero progress.

I have tried emerald crabs to try and help keep things under control with no luck.

Any advice on how I can get rid of all the bubble algae?

10 gallon tank
running little over a year
lights - LED, running for 9 hours. 8 "daylight" 1 "moonlight"
temp - 78F
salinity - 1.026
phosphate - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 0
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:51 PM
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what all is in the tank coral/fish wise ?
is it on all your rocks ?
Can you swap rocks out for new ones ?
If you are removing the bubble algae in the aquarium and you brake any bubbles it will spread . Maybe remove the rocks and scrub in a bucket with a denture tooth brush , thats what I do normally to remove pest algae .
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:37 PM
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Tank inhabitants

1 X astrea snail

Corals
Green Plate coral
Mystery pink coral, possibly some kind of chalice
Common mystery zoas - I just don't know the name of them.
Kenya tree
Green star polyp
Hammer coral
Green candy cane coral
Red mushroom
Green hairy mushroom

Bubble algae is on the rocks, sand, heater, filter, powerhead, glass... pretty much everywhere but where the corals are.

I have been sucking the bubbles out with a fat hose so I don't break any of the bubbles, but I always find bubbles that have broken on their own. So I think I am fighting a losing battle.

Would swapping out the rocks not cause the tank to cycle again? Or just swap them out one by one?

It's getting to the point where I am thinking of just completely restarting the whole thing.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:51 AM
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In a word.... restart.

I know exactly what you're going through.

Good luck.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:33 PM
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Where do I start with restarting?

I don't want to lose all my corals. They are doing well.

Just so much ugly algae!
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:09 PM
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So no fish?
More emerald crabs and no food. They're cheap
Or do muriatic acid wash on one rock at a time. But research it good. That's nasty $hit but works great.
Don't restart!!
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:22 PM
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I've read people having results using Vibrant.

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Old 10-17-2017, 07:29 PM
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Are we talking the odd large very green bubble hear and there, or the teardrop shaped stuff that likes to grow in endless sheets all over?
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:15 PM
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Vibrant caused my bubble algae to waste away into mush and it never did come back, even after stopping use. No emerald crab in the tank now either, been "clean" for ~6 months now.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:13 PM
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My LFS used it as well in their display tank. The bubble algae was horrendous. It slowly destroyed them over a few weeks.
I do not know that much myself about it tbh

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