pudsey pudsey
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  • Posted on: 25/8/2009 11:59
Green Orbs #1
Hello

On my live rock I have growing what I can only describe as shiny green balls. What are they? are they harmful?

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blinkster blinkster
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Re: Green Orbs #2
mmm when you say green orbs?
can u describe more?

If there what i think they are they are simply grape vine algee, which is not harmful :)

It will grow thick and fast tho.
Not to worry as when u add ur fish they will gulp it down :)
as my yellow tang did when he moved in

Just to check can u post a pic?
pudsey pudsey
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Re: Green Orbs #3
If it helps, these orbs are actually individual and sat on the rock some are up to 1cm across and are on two of my rocks.
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Re: Green Orbs #4
From what you describe it sounds like bubble algae. Its best if you can get the rock out of the tank first before you try to remove the bubbles, but if you can't, let them grow to a reasonable size to be able to get a firm hold on them. Gently twist them from the base, trying not to burst them, if they do burst they will spread spores into your water and you'll end up with even more. Be just as careful with removal outside of the tank and give the rock a rinse in a bucket before putting it back. HTH
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Re: Green Orbs #5
ye it sounds like bubble algae.. i had some a while back and did exactly what freakyshrimp said and ive never seen the stuff since!
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Re: Green Orbs #6
I once had a bad patch of bubble algae that just kept coming back in the same spot which was a right pain. Got rid of it in the end by forcing a bit of reef putty over it and suffocating it so to speak, did the trick anyway
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