How much should I worry about bubble algae?

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I've been lax on my reef maintenance since the holidays -- it's pretty much running on autopilot rn, but I plan to make this coming Sunday a water change and maintenance day to place some frags on rocks, trim up some macroalgae, etc.

ANYway, I got bubble algae from a frag a few months ago. Removed it but it eventually came back, and now I'm seeing it beginning to spread to two other frag plugs. It isn't on the rocks, I'm assuming b/c they're covered in coralline, ulva, halimeda, and red pom pom macro.

I will remove the bubble algae from the frag plugs when I do maintenance on Sunday, but my Q is really about how concerned I should be. My thinking was that I have other macro algae thriving in the display and have utilized it as part of my aquascape, so there is plenty to out-compete the bubble algae, and I have been paying a lot of attention to lowering and keeping nitrates low (like 10-15ppm low, not ultra-low). Do I need to be hyper-vigilant now and watch out for the bubble algae popping up elsewhere, or is it possible for it to just get out-competed?
 
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Must be the time of the year, I had to pull a couple bulbs off a frag plug the other day too. I mean, as long as we aren't seeing it en masse or large golf ball size bubbles, it's not that big of a concern. I don't know how true it is but I was told that only the larger bulbs will release spores that will readily colonize. Just stay on top of it and you should be fine.
 

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I'm wary of emerald crabs. I did have a pitho that I lost and never replaced -- was thinking if I have enough other stuff I need at some point this year of maybe getting another pitho from Reef Cleaners.
I've had a few with no issues.
 
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I just noticed a few small bubbles on a frag I've had for months. I manually removed them but fear there will be more in the future. I'm looking into remedies and stumbled upon this thread. I'm leaning towards Vibrant, band aid or not. I have a emerald crab but he/she never leaves it's cave structure. I barely see him, I certainly wouldn't depend on him to do anything but hide.
 

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I have been battling them for several months. My solution is to pull the rocks and frags and manually remove them and rinse. I must have had a spore release at one point because they suddenly seemed everywhere. The key is to stay on top of getting rid of them.
 
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