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    Red Grape algae ?

    Ok i'm confuse here.One site says it's bad while the other says it's good for removal of organics nutrients.I notice that i have some in my 10gal. nano.

    Now what should i do?


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    10gal. Freshwater "Guppies"
    37gal Oceanic Saltwater Reef (in the work)
    125gal. Saltwater "Reef" (Shared tank with my dad...lol)

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    those are two very different algaes. the one you want is the caulerpa racemosa ( grape ) as opposed to the valonia sp. ( bubble ). and you would be much better off with some chaeto to help prevent the macro from going sexual ( caulerpa ).

    could you post a pic?
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    Here is a pic,sorry for the quality of it.
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    having never seen ''red'' bubble algea I imagine the same thing goes and treat it like green bubble algea. not usefull in organic removal and can take over your tank. I'd try to remove them carefully as to not break them open.
    check your nutrient export setup? skimmer,water changes,carbon,water source,feeding habits etc..
    racemosa is also not a good choice for anyone else reading this.

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    unfortunately that looks to be bubble algae and not a macro ( caulerpa ). the best way to get rid of it is to manually remove it, taking care not to burst the bubbles, or it can spread rapidly. i prefer to remove the rock and physically scrap the algae off. i then rinse it in some tank water ( in a pail ) before returning it to the tank. another method is to do it in the tank, using a siphon and scraping object. as you remove each bubble you 'vacuum' up the bubble and remove it from the tank.

    there are a few critters that are said to help with removal but the can also spread the algae ( by bursting a bubble ) if they are not careful and they are not always a welcome addition to a balanced tank.

    it looks like you have some cyano as well and this leads me to believe you have excess nutrients ( N & P ) that may need to be taken care of, while they are probably not the cause they are acting as fuel for the invasive algae.
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    it looks to me like air bubbles stuck in cyano. The thing is that I don't see any cyano in your tank.

    I've had the same thing in my 65g during my cyano outbreak. It's almost all gone now so I shouldn't see those anymore. <crossing fingers>
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    Quote Originally Posted by groupie02 View Post
    The thing is that I don't see any cyano in your tank.
    the cyano is the red slime on the rocks in his picture.
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    I didn't want to commit to saying that ;-)

    Just ensure that you get rid of the cyano and you should no longer have the bubbles.

    Good luck
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    I guess i know what i'm doing this weekend...
    I hate this hobby sometimes but it is rewarding on the long run,witch is nice to see.I got the liverock that way.All my older liverock is fine.

    Thanks for the input guys,very appreciated !!!
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