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    Valonia a good thing?

    In the book Marine Atlas by Baensch, he describes this Valonia Ventricosa as something that requires impeccable water quality in order to grow. He says it is a pleasure to see it grow, i guess as an indication of excellent water quality. As a side note, he said it is one of the largest unicellular organisms on earth.


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    uhh you don't want it! I've seen it take over a tank in a big way. its a sign that there is TO much nutrients if you trying to achive a reef tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Rock
    uhh you don't want it! I've seen it take over a tank in a big way. its a sign that there is TO much nutrients if you trying to achive a reef tank.
    Johnny Rock, itís a sign that there is TO much nutrients? Why?

    Swimfins, this is the second time I see this being said online. I would really like to see that article if you have a link.
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    its a type of algea that you just don't want in your tank. all algeas need nutrients to fluorish but to much and they'll really take over! macro algeas in a refugium help control this as your controling were the algea lives and that refugium is outcompeting algea in the tank. those little green balls can growth inbetween the branches of corals and essentialy choke it out. I've seen tank just COVERED in every nook and crany with this stuff and its hard to get rid of. you can't pluck it

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    Thanks Johnny, I just saw it odd that it was referred to as a 'good' thing.
    I can't find the link Seahunter. Sorry. I'd like to re-read it myself so I'll keep looking.

    I Had a patch of about 6 of those little balls but this morning only one remaining. My mithrax must of did the trick, but why didn't he eat the last one,,,maybe tonight.
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    Having finally beaten the dreaded valonia, I would strongly suggest removing any that you see. This stuff can turn ugly in a heartbeat.

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    here's hoping it doesn't! thanks for a heads up though.
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    OK, who ate my bubble algae!?

    I purchased new LR last weekend and yesterday noticed some small bubbles growing in a corner of the new rock. This morning it was all gone. I don't have a mithrax. I have a sally foot and some hermits and snails. Would these eat the bubbles? Anyways, it's gone.
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    You may not have valonia. You might have red slime algae that produces bubbles during the day that disappear at night and resume producing when lights are on. I had that for awhile too. Pain in the you know what!
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