Wtf is this ?????

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    Lesely

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    This little silver ball appeared about 3 weeks ago. Hard as a rock. Never moves. Nothing comes in or out of it. Stuck firmly to rock. Looks like a silver ball bearing glued to a rock. ???? image.jpg
     
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    macro algae valonia-i,m sure I did not spell that right (bubble) don,t pop it it will spread
     
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    I have had lots of friend with bubble algae and this does not look the same, Its silver in colour and hard like a stone. I have touched bubble algae before and it is slimy and sort of soft, there is some flex in the bubble unlike this.
    Is this a different bubble algae to green bubble algae ?
     
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    I have the same - I did look it up some sort of macro algae forget the exact name they look pretty wild tho
     
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    HOw does it sread, does it become a problem ? Should I remove it ?
     
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    In nutrient rich waters it can become a problem-they burst and release spores I have had three or four in the tank for a least two years don,t seem to spread i,ll take some pictures in the morning, I don,t think you will have any problems your tank looks well maintained you could pull it out- I have popped a few and nothing horrible happened just the potential there if the nutrients are present-
     
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    I am amazed that I even have it..nitrates never above 0.02 and phos never abouve 0.03.....I might leave it and see what happens.....i am sad !!!
     
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    I would not worry too much -I have also almost undetectable amounts and they have existed in my tanks for years-they can exist you just don,t want them to thrive and multiply-
     
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    Cool. Thanks for that. I was panicking. I have seen tanks covered and hate it !
     
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    ... When in doubt pull it out.
     
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    You will like this-ventricaria ventricosa- bubble alga,Baensch marine atlas 1 pg 245 -"Impeccable water quality needed to maintain" phosphate and nitrate free water is a necessity"
    I guess we want those to thrive! resembles glass marbles one of the largest unicellular organisms on earth, I knew I had looked up just did not know what book- I will take a picture
    of what is left in my tank pulled the two I could reach out! still have two...
     

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    Also known as the Amtrac method. We pull out in time. ;) :D
     
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    Hi Jzaso....well i like your photo and explaination a lot. But if its a competition I think mine is prettier....lol..
    Thanks for the info. I am assuming that you dont believe its a concern ? Its not going to spread all over the tank ?
    I have noticed after looking very carefully that there is 1 more on a rock a long distance from the original one, is this bad and am I going to have a major outbreak ?
     
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    Honestly I dont know, just quoting what that book said-I,m like you and worry- I watch those like a hawk... have been for a couple of years now that I think of it! I have had seasonal out breaks of halmedia-sea cactus-macro algae supposed to be a good thing but....they are not helping/hurting the system just a sign of good water quality but I tend to remove when I can because I do not believe everything I read.. Lol! your call sir, I,m going with Erin at this point when in doubt -yes yours is prettier only because I pulled my good one..
     
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    yeah right,,,you pulled your good one....lol... I believe you. thanks
     
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    Leave the halimeda alone, it's probably the BEST phosphate and nitrate sink there is. I'd kill to be able to grow it well.
     
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    So it won't spread all over the tank is it what we call bubble algae. Because I don't like algae. ?
     
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    It's probably bubble algae, Emerald crabs will dispatch it in short order.
     
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    There is also a porcelain crab endemic to Australia that will eat it as well. It's supposed to be very common down there.
     
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    If they are soft and filled with fluid it valonia-bad bubble algae-hard and full of gas(nitrogen) good" if there is such a thing-bubble algae-I don,t do crabs anymore had one go rogue
    and tear apart a $130.00 fungia to get at the silversides that I fed it-don,t keep shrimp for the same reason they all have no problem reaching into the oral cavity of your lps to steal food-just my experience with them
     
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