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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Pearling Algae?

Earlier today I noticed some algae had accumulated on one of the pieces of driftwood in my tank rather rapidly. Upon further inspection I observed large quantities of bubbles (significantly more than shown in the picture) on the algae. Does this mean my algae is pearling, is that even a thing algae can do? If not, does it mean it's not actually algae? Sorry for the lower quality picture, it is the bast my phone can do.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 05:31 AM
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Algae pearls easier than plants in my observation.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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interesting, I never even knew that was possible. At the same time algae does go through photosynthesis and thus releases oxygen so it would make sense that it would pearl. But, even though the pearling is "novel" for now, I think I'm gonna have to get at the source of its success.
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i know cynobacteria will pearl
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It pearls much easier than plants. It's an easy way to spot an early algae problem before it gets out of control.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well then, sounds like i'm going to have to scrub down my driftwood and maybe invest in an algae clean up crew.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 05:09 AM
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I used to have a tank filled with brown hair algae all over the tank with some of it as long as 5 to 7 inches long. It was the second time I fought it. The first time I used Ocean Free O' Algae and had to do a blackout for 5 days. After that I still had to put Yamatos in to do the cleaning.

The second time I fought it, they were all pearling mad hence taking over the entire tank. I placed 10 Yamatos and did 2 days blackout with some maintenance on my side. Next 2 days it was totally clean. But now I face rocks and soil pearling.

5 Yamatos are still inside just in case of algae bloom because I extended the lighting period from 6 to 8 hours after the second algae bloom.
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