Getting Rid of Yucky Bubble Algae

Have you ever had to deal with pesky Bubble Algae growing in your beautiful tank?

More than likely if you hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this…

I won’t bore you with a bunch of useless information. There are plenty of sites that explain what bubble algae is and how you acquire it.

SO HOW DO YOU GET RID OF IT?!?!?!?!

I have been watching this algae spread all over my tank for the past few months.

At first, I didn’t know what it was. It looked like small purple balls with orange spots that kept attaching to my rock work.

Once I figured out that it was Bubble Algae, I began to research how to get rid of it.

STOP!!!

DO NOT POP IT!

I REPEAT!

DO NOT POP IT!

Popping this type of algae will release spores into your tank and cause a spread of this nuisance.

I started by finding my handy dandy tank gloves which I purchased from Amazon.com… They were fairly cheap. A very good investment and a must have for any aquarium hobbyist.

These things are a life saver…literally! Think of all the things you touch or put on your skin such as lotion, soap and hand sanitizer. Now think about putting those types of chemicals in your tank. It could mean disaster. These gloves come up past my elbows which helps when I have to reach deep down in my tank for cleaning or to move rock work. I wear these to protect my hands, arms and my tank. I have been using them for over a year and I can’t imagine this hobby without them.

You may purchase them here:

Atlas Glove WG772M 26-Inch Long Sleeve Nitrile Coated Cotton Lined Work Gloves, Medium

 

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Those who know me know that I hate the thought of adding chemicals to my tank to “fix” problems. I always look for a more “natural” alternative.

I looked around my tank to find all the pieces of rock that had massive amounts of bubble algae growing on them. Keep in mind that you may have sea critters living in these rocks that you are about to remove. I usually give each piece firm shake or two while still submerged in the tank. I removed each piece placing them in a bucket that I normally use for tank maintenance.

IMG_5547I placed each piece of rock in a bathtub and began to run water over each piece. I then used a butter knife, a glass scrapper (purchased at amazon.com) and an old stiff toothbrush to carefully remove all visible algae. This is a great time to remove any other algae that may be giving you a problem as well.

You can purchase the scrapper blade here:

Kent Marine AKM00981 10-Pack Stainless Steel Algae ProScraper Blade

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I carefully removed all traces of bubble algae under running water in the bathtub. Be patient and very careful. Some rock work can be very sharp.

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A complete rinse of the rock helped to ensure all pieces had been cleansed thoroughly. I will allow 24-48 hours for each piece to dry and then rinse again before introducing them back into my tank.

TAKE THAT BUBBLE ALGAE!!!!

Your presence is no longer welcomed here!

How do you get rid of pesky algae? Please share…