Is this going to work?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by SaltyClown, Jul 30, 2015.

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  1. SaltyClown

    SaltyClown Sea Dragon

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    I recently took all my corals out of my 75 gal, due to a take over by bubble algae. I was planning on wrapping/covering my 75 with dark blankets for a few weeks to maybe even a month, in hopes to kill off the bubble algae. I due have a refuge that would continue to run. Do you think this will work, or will this kill all my fish? Would it be better for me to take all my rocks out and let them bake outside in the summer sun for a few days?

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If you remove your rocks you remove a large portion of your biological filter, you will end up with a cycle again but to a lesser extent. You could remove the rock and treat it but you're going to have a ton of die off and decaying organic matter to remove. You'll put the rock back in and end up with horrendous algae bloom 2 months down the line. Treat the rock muriatic acid if you go that route.

    Have you tried Emerald Crabs, or a black out for a couple days, GFO a combination of the 3? Any Phosban like products?

    I would not cover the tank with blankets, it's does not need to be that dark, and you reduce oxygenation. One dark/black sheet is fine.
     
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  4. zesty

    zesty Sailfin Tang

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    I've had some small breakouts of bubble algae and Emerald Crabs have always worked for me. :)
     
  5. Magnus

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    Won't emerald crabs burst the bubbles releasing their spores?
     
  6. zesty

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    I never had a ton of them, but they started going away. :cool:
     
  7. oldfishkeeper

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    ^^ that was my experience as well. It does take some time and there have been people that get one that decides it doesn't like bubble algae :confused: You can also take your rock out of the water and remove manually or do the combination. They actually are pretty easy to remove manually - they can come off in sheets if you have a lot of them bunched together. It's tedious effective.