What are these red bubbles?

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    Red bubble algae?
     
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    I had those when my tank was about 2 months old, it just went away on it's own.
     
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    It might be some type of red macroalgae
     
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    Looks like you got a little aptasia growin there too. I get cyanobacteria outbreaks in my sump every once in a while and it looks like that sometimes. Also, what kind of camera did you use? Those are some great closeup pics!
     
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    Botryocladia pseudodichotoma i think?
    common name is red grape algae

    you can buy it in stores so i assume its beneficial
     
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    Just my guess though :mrgreen:

    i'm about the opposite end of the spectrum from an expert
     
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    the reef kid hi

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    Just watch it and as long as it doesn't take over your tank, it could be beneficial like Dakwan said...the real fear you should have is the aiptasia on the left of the algae. I'd take the rock out and burn the little aiptasia with a sautering iron before it takes over your tank.
     
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    That's an interesting way to kill aiptasia.

    Aptasia-x works really well I've had great sucess with it.
     
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    Can't I just take some tweezers and pull the aiptasia out? Its the only one I've seen in the tank.


    Took the pics with a Nikon D5000.
     
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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    If you try to pull them out you may break them in half and not fully kill them. Think of them as a weed in your lawn..If you just pull it, you may not be able to see it, but it's still there, and it'll continue to spread. Like others said get some Aiptasia X, it's easy to use.
     
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    I tried that once. They squeeze back into their little hole and you can only grab pieces and parts of them. Doesn't work.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Tweezers don't work. You need to kill them on the spot.
     
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    I beleave that those little tiny (asternia?) starfish, eat red bubble algea. Well at least they did in my tank.
     
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    Doesn't look like there is anything important on that one rock. Why not pull it out boil it then dry it and put it back in? That way that aptasia will not spread and the algae won't either?
     
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    Great idea VA.
     
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    I can't do that, I only have two pieces of live rock right now and I've now found that aptasia on both.
     
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    Nab a couple peppermints. They're kind of hit and miss with whether or not they'll eat the aiptasia but both of mine destroyed all of the aiptasia in my tank within a week.
     
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    Get some Aiptasia-X. It really works great and will do the trick. I believe that it is the most referred product.
     
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    I still vote for the sautering iron...it works like a charm, but it does smell terrible.
     
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    a stick of dynamite will take care of ALL of your unwanted hitchhikers :D
     
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