What is this growing on my Discosoma

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  1. PeterG

    PeterG Member R2R Supporter

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    First coral I bought was a Discosoma after reading that it was a great started coral and if you can't keep one of these alive you should find a new hobby.
    Well, it has been doing poorly while everything else I've got (softies, LPS, SPS) is thriving or at least staying alive.Who'da thunk it!
    A few days ago I noticed this weird looking bubble like structure growing the piece of rock the Discosoma was mounted on. It appears on two distinct surfaces on the rock. What is it and should I get it out of the tank or let it grow?

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  2. Naoxyn

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    Bubble algae?
     
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    bubble algae, remove it. also your mushrooms look fine
     
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    PeterG Member R2R Supporter

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    Thanks guys. What's the best way to remove it
     
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    if it is a small enough rock I usually just take the rock out and pull them all off
     
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    PeterG Member R2R Supporter

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    Yes, the rock is small enough to remove. Also you said the mushroom is doing fine. It looked so much better a couple of months ago. It used to sort of glow at night and had some texture.
    Now it just seems kind of flat and dull.
     
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    oh. if it is losing colors that might be a result of too low or too high lighting. you could try to move its position and see if that helps
     
  8. PeterG

    PeterG Member R2R Supporter

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    It's sitting on the bottom of the tank and in a corner. I moved it there as it was not looking so good after I upgraded to 2 - AI 26HD lights. I used to have just a strip of the Current Orbit lights and the AI's were a big step up so I thought maybe it was getting too much light. Tank is a 90 gal
    Can certainly try another spot in the tank - anywhere else will be more light.
     
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    sounds like it needs less light then. is there a cave/overhang it can be by ?
     
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    I think I can find a spot to fit this rock into. We'll give that a try and see what happens. Thanks for your help.
     
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