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    any inverts or fish that will eat Large bubble algea ?

    I have a few unsightly large bubble algea genus growing in the tank.. i'd like to get rid of them before it takes over the tank.

    other then ripping them out myself... any critters that could do the job for me
    I've heard good stuff of the Emerald Mithrax Crabs..

    anybody has some suggestions.. or anybody has any of those emerald crabs for sale in the ottawa region

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    i'd just remove it yourself if you can. If not get a long spined black urchin (diadema setosum). Mine went to town on the bit of BA that i had and left the rock sparkling clean. Haven't seen any nuissance algae in my tank since i got him!

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    I have one of those already he's mostly insterested at coraline it seems.

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    my tank is overwhelmed with them so I bought an urchin and an emeral crab but neither seem to want to take care of them for me so I still am taking them out myself.

    I only started getting alot of them when I started sugaring the tank but before that my tank was overwhelmed with hairy algea so I don't mind the green algea balls compared to the hariy stuff!!! ....besides that my friends and quests that I have to the house think that they are coral and love when I take them out and hand the ball to them

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    hmm... that sucks, my urchin does eat alot of coraline but he also does other things for me. Not sure what other options you have then aside from manual removal.

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    ahahah too funny wend121.. i had a few friends say the same thing.. wow.. look at that nice chrome looking coral.

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    nothing eats the large ones.Emeralds work ok on small ones. When they get big your best solution is a rigid airline that you cut on an angle to make a point. Attach it to flex hose and start a siphon. Peirce the skin and extract the spores. YOU DO NOT WANT THEM TO BURST IN THE TANK= more bubbles. Worked for me when I had an outbreak a couple of years ago.
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    ya.. I detached a few today.... no idea where they came from.. haven't added anything to the tank in quite a while.. lol.. and my params under control..
    i did change lighting.. maybe that tripped them to grow.

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    Rabbitfish are one of the few species that will eat problematic Bryopsis algae. Even though these fish are herbivores, use caution if they are to be housed in a reef aquarium, as they may nip at some corals and sessile invertebrates. kinda risk liv, but it will help to get rid off your bad algaes. :b16:

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    he he.. ya i read that too thanks for the responce guys

    i'll just pick them off by hand.. just thought i'd try and fight them with the natural way

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