bubble algae/valonia algae

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by JT, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. JT

    JT Guest

    hello all, i'm loseing the fight against this stuff.every weekend i'm
    siphoning this crap out of my 180, and about 4-5 days the stuff is makin
    a comeback. i remove it from the substrate & LR then the tank looks good
    4 a while but it's right back in no time. i feed every other day,only 4
    small reefsafe fish,additives-- once a month-iodine,stront/moly,drip
    kalk nightly, trace elements, thats it. my pc lights are on for 8 1/2
    hrs. is there any thing that i could increase/decrease to curb this and
    hopefully get rid of it. thanks
     
    JT, Dec 12, 2003
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  2. Emerald Crabs eat it. Usually valonia grows rather thickly and rigid, to where
    you can pry it off and remove it manually. I've never been able to just siphon
    it out.

    Marc


    JT wrote:

    > hello all, i'm loseing the fight against this stuff.every weekend i'm
    > siphoning this crap out of my 180, and about 4-5 days the stuff is makin
    > a comeback. i remove it from the substrate & LR then the tank looks good
    > 4 a while but it's right back in no time. i feed every other day,only 4
    > small reefsafe fish,additives-- once a month-iodine,stront/moly,drip
    > kalk nightly, trace elements, thats it. my pc lights are on for 8 1/2
    > hrs. is there any thing that i could increase/decrease to curb this and
    > hopefully get rid of it. thanks


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    Marc Levenson, Dec 12, 2003
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  3. this sounds more like cyano "slime" then bubble algae to me. like Marc said
    valonia is stuck to what ever it grows on and is a PITA to get loose without
    popping the bubble. i myself let it grow and keep working with it until i
    can remove it without popping it. as it gets bigger it's easier to get out
    that way.


    if its the red slime type algae that holds the nitrogen bubbles in it on
    your substrate then they make a 'suposed to be' reef safe chemical to rid
    the tank of it. if memory serves me its called 'slime away' or something
    like that.


    kc
     
    Dragon Slayer, Dec 12, 2003
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  4. Chemi Clean by Boyd Enterprises, Inc.... It works nicely in my tank (used once).

    Marc


    Dragon Slayer wrote:

    > this sounds more like cyano "slime" then bubble algae to me. like Marc said
    > valonia is stuck to what ever it grows on and is a PITA to get loose without
    > popping the bubble. i myself let it grow and keep working with it until i
    > can remove it without popping it. as it gets bigger it's easier to get out
    > that way.
    >
    > if its the red slime type algae that holds the nitrogen bubbles in it on
    > your substrate then they make a 'suposed to be' reef safe chemical to rid
    > the tank of it. if memory serves me its called 'slime away' or something
    > like that.
    >
    > kc


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    Marc Levenson, Dec 13, 2003
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    Jimmy Chen Guest

    > is there any thing that i could increase/decrease to curb this and
    > hopefully get rid of it. thanks


    The only method that worked for me - kick-butt skimmer and RO/DI filter.

    jc
     
    Jimmy Chen, Dec 14, 2003
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    CapFusion Guest

    "Jimmy Chen" <jimmy@reefkeepersDOT.org> wrote in message
    news:3fdcc492$0$41670$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > > is there any thing that i could increase/decrease to curb this and
    > > hopefully get rid of it. thanks

    >
    > The only method that worked for me - kick-butt skimmer and RO/DI filter.
    >
    > jc
    >

    I second that method.

    CapFusion,...
     
    CapFusion, Dec 15, 2003
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    Valonia Problem

    I too have a severe problem with an infestation of Valonia in my Reef Tank.

    It just isn’t feasible to scrub the bubbles off, there are millions and millions. They are growing in and around all the corals, in every nook and cranny. The live rock is set up in 3 large cemented columns, not practical for removing. I did try scrubbing it off but it just came back worse!
    I can't see how it can be Nitrates or Phosphates as I feed very little and have phosguard in the system. Nitrates max 5ppm


    I'm in New Zealand, and we can’t get Green Emerald crabs which I’m told will eat bubble algae. Desjardini Sailfin Tangs are supposed to eat it but apparently not all of them do.

    After trying to scrub it off etc etc, I’m at the point where I think the only way out is to break down the tank. Put the fish in a temp tank hooked up to the refugium, chip off what corals I can and scrape off any Valonia and put all of them in another tank, remove all the rock, bleach? and start again, not introducing the coral until I’m sure they are clear of Valonia. I don’t know what else to do.
    I did also think about removing the corals and dropping the light right down for a few weeks.
    If you find an answer, let me know! It's doing my head in!!!




    Brief summary of tank:
    Approx 735 litres (200 gallons) tank with refrugium. Temp about 25 – 26 degrees C (78 F). Has a U.V. filter, protein skimmer, chiller, 2 heaters. Phosguard in the protein skimmer. Water parameters as follows: Salinity 0.0245 Nitrite 0, Ammonia 0 – 0.6 , Calcium 420- 440, pH 8.4, Nitrate 5, dKH between 7 and 10 (120-180 ppm), Mag 1200 or a bit more, phosphate reads 0.
    The heylide and T5 lights are on 8 hrs a day and blues for a couple of hrs either side of that.
    Fish: Tangs- Purple, yellow and Blue. 2 cleaner wrasse, 3 clowns, 1 flame angel, 1 cardinal, 1 foxface, 5 yellow tail damsels, 5 blue chromis, 1 royal dotty, 1 cleaner shrimp.
    There are also 2 anenomes and all sorts of corals.
    I feed a bit of flake (tsp) in the morning and about 2.5 tsp of rinsed premixed seafood in nthe evening, plus some Nori on a veggie clip.
    Fish and coals all healthy.



     
    vicki, Mar 20, 2010
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