Leaf Caulerpa, Caulerpa Prolifera, Aquacultured Macroalgae
Our Clean Macroalgae is aquacultured in large vats not connected to any fish system to avoid possible parasite or bacteria contamination. You can place our macroalgae directly in your tank without worry.
Caulerpa Prolifera is one of the most sought after algae's for marine aquariums and refugiums. Excellent macro algae for Seahorse tanks, hardy and easy to keep. Requires moderate lighting and some good substrate to grow in. Great for planting in reef tank aquariums.
A strong nutrient exporter that grows exceptionally fast, if you are looking for a nearly indestructible algae, this is it. We use this algae extensively in all of our tanks because of its nutrient uptake. By placing in the tank, sump or refugium, the macroalgae absorbs nutrients including phosphates and nitrates from the water. By removing portions of the Caulerpa Prolifera from the tank, it is effectively lowering the excess nutrients in the saltwater the caulerpa absorbed while growing.
If you are not using algae to eliminate high nutrient levels of nitrates, phosphates and other toxins you are missing out. Simply put all these nutrients, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and phosphates are used by your algae as a fertilizer to grow and once removed from the water the levels of the toxins goes way down. In fact in many fish only aquariums, keeping algae will allow the aquarist to almost eliminate the need for water changes altogether.
This is a warm water algae species we aquaculture that won’t shock from typical saltwater aquarium temperatures of 76 – 84 degrees. Found in sub-tropical Florida, as well as throughout the Caribbean. Used responsibly, Caulerpa Prolifera can be ornamental additions to a display tank or help control the nutrient load of a large reef tank. Quite popular with aquarist's, many grow it in their refugium, sump or in the aquarium itself. Although illegal in the state of California, Caulerpa Prolifera grows well, and needs pruning every few weeks. As you can see, it has a distinctive look you can quickly recognize and some refer to it as Caulerpa Prolifera. To keep from going sexual (and disintegrating) the refugium or sump light needs to be kept on 24 hours a day over this plant.
Difficulty to Grow:Easy
Lighting Requirements:Provide 75 to 100 watts of 5100K to 6700K floodlight lighting or equivalent fluorescent lighting to thrive. It is important to promote a good growth rate, as the harvested caulerpa algae is what removes the nutrients from the aquarium ecosystem. Faster algae growth will allow for more frequent harvesting, which will in turn increase the filtration benefit of the Caulerpa Prolifera Algae.
Waterflow:While Caulerpa Prolifera is easy to grow in most conditions, it will be much more efficient at nutrient export if provided ideal conditions. Ideally it should be grown in the sump or refugium where it will have low water currents and can be provided plenty of light.
Water Parameters:76-84° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron
Care Info.. Float the unopened bag of your macroalgae in the aquarium for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the temperatures to equalize. Then place the algae in your tank, sump, or refugium. Trim back your algae periodically to directly remove the absorbed toxins from your water. You may also keep it as food for your herbivore fish.
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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.