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Please let me know when you guys figure out this one. I don’t have any at the moment, but I’m sure it will come in later. I heard of people claiming success with Vibrant.
 

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My foxface takes care of my bubble algae. The only places the bubble survives is in rock crevaces or areas he/she cant reach.
 

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If you're tank is big enough for a foxface, go that route. If not big enough, order a handful of emeralds crabs from reefcleaners.org (he guarantees they will eat bubble algae)
They worked wonders when I had a plague-level outbreak.
 

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Hey! It's our favorite Moody Gardens Biologist! Looking forward to our annual visit next weekend :)

I assume we are talking abt the MG reef tank? If so I don't know that I would recommend Vibrant, the cost alone for a tank that size would be crazy!

Aside from good water quality, I have found the best natural approach to controlling bubble algae to be the Emerald Crab. A Foxface may help, but I feel the Emerald Crab is your best option.

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The only problem with emeral crabs is that once they run out of food the bubble algae they may start to eat corals. I’m pretty sure it would be a pain to get all then out of that display.
 

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Vibrant actually worked very well for me to alleviate a valonia outbreak in a frag tank..
 

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The only problem with emeral crabs is that once they run out of food the bubble algae they may start to eat corals. I’m pretty sure it would be a pain to get all then out of that display.
Not necessarily. I've had 10+ emeralds in my 40b with corals for 2.5+ years without issues.
 

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I have had it pop up in both of my tanks on occasion and my One-spot foxface quickly eradicates it from the 75g once he sees it.

I discovered by accident when trying to kill some aiptasia in my 20g, that both Frank's F* Aiptasia as well as Aiptasia-X seems to work extremely well on killing bubble algae. To treat I shut the pumps off and lay down a good coating over the trouble spot and let it sit for about 15-20 min. then kick the pumps back on. In about a day the skin on the bubble algae turns milky white and over the next few days starts to die off. After about a week I come back and retreat any missed bubbles. So far I have not had it spread when treating it this way. IT sometimes pops back up months later but who can say if it was from the previous outbreak or not.
 

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Get ready to change filter socks almost Daily.

1. Vibrant at two times recommended dose. I did 18ml twice per week. Watch your no3 and alk. It may drop. Took 3 months. Now I’m on a maintenance dose 1 per mo. You cannot stop all of the sudden just because you do not see any bubbles. I made that mistake and had some come back.
2. Foxface
3. Emeralds
4. Manual removal while suctioning the area for any spore released.
 

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Like other folks, vibrant has worked in every instance that I've used it to combat bubble algae. I just use the recommended dose.
 

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