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Saltwater Plants and Macroalgae

The best secret weapon aquarist's have discovered is the strategic use of Saltwater Macroalgae, and Saltwater Plants! There are many reasons Saltwater Plants and Macroalgae belong in marine aquariums. The most common use is as a natural food source for all herbivorous fish. When fed to marine life the nutritional benefits of algae have proven to be many. Both Macroalgae and Plant life have proven to be an immune system stimulator, a natural defense against illnesses such as Head and Lateral Line Eroshion (HLLE) that can appear on both Angelfish and Surgeon Fish,(Tangs). Beta-carotine is another benefit. It is a immune system stimulator against many ailments including ich.

Macro algae filters nutrients from your tank, competing with nuisance algae and benefits overall water quality. Used in the display aquarium, in the refugium, algae scrubber, or in the sump the process neutralizes toxins, lowers excess nutrients, including ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. Plant and algae go through a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is when marine plant and macroalgae take in carbon dioxide and release into the water Oxygen. Providing the seawater with a natural pH buffer, along with releasing natural chemicals beneficial to the fishes skin, intestines, and gills. Macroalgae provides saltwater aquarium fish the cover they look for in nature, and increases their quality of life.

The addition of plant and macroalgae increases the availability of microscopic fauna, such as Copepod's and Amphipods. Both popular food for reef fish and seahorses that depend on macro algae and sea grasses for their survivability. With all these benefits its important for every marine aquarium to include saltwater plants and macroalgae. Its a simple yet important advantage in keeping a healthy saltwater aquarium, no marine ecosystem is complete without it. The final element is the placement of the saltwater plants and algae. Placement impacts both the growth and nutrient export. Some do best tumbling around in the sump, refugium or algae scrubber. Others planted in the substrate and some do best secured in live rock crevices. In closing Macroalgae and Saltwater Plants are relatively easy to keep. We hope to have taught you the huge advantages of macro algae and plants in the marine aquarium system.

Special Note: To avoid possible parasite contamination all macroalgae is aquacultured in large vats that are not connected to any system containing saltwater fish.

Best Placement of MacroAlgae's & Plants

Best Placement for MacroAlgae's & Plants
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Ulva, Lettuce Algae
Ulva lactuca
Ulva Lactuca, Macroalgae also called Sea Lettuce

Description: Ulva Lactuca, also called Sea Lettuce is found in the shallows of rocky areas around reefs. An easily cared for green macroalgae, Ulva can survive extended periods of darkness.
Difficulty to Grow:Moderate
Reef Safe:Yes
Minimum Lighting Requirements:3 watts per gallon or more, Min. 8 hour photo period per day
Waterflow:Medium, can be set in aquarium, refugium, algae scrubber or sump
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron

$15.99 1/4 pound
$31.99 1/2 pound
$63.99 1 pound

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 Red Gracilaria
Gracilaria parvispora
Red Gracilaria Algae

Description: Red Gracilaria is more than just a pretty plant. The ease with which it's kept and capacity for high nutrient uptake make it an excellent macroalgae.
Difficulty to Grow:Moderate
Reef Safe:Yes
Minimum Lighting Requirements: 60 watt or higher 5,000K or higher spectrum, Min. 8 hour photo period per day
Waterflow:Medium, can be set in aquarium, refugium, algae scrubber or sump
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron

$15.99 1/4 pound
$31.99 1/2 pound
$63.99 1 pound

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All the Macroalgae + Live Pods Needed
Refugium Starter Package

Refugium Starter Package
Create a successful refugium with our Refugium Starter Package.

Includes 4 macroalgae and 2 Live Food Sources:
  • Chaetomorpha
  • Gracilaria
  • Ulva Lactaca
  • Caulerpa
  • Tisbe Copepods Starter Culture
  • Amphipod Starter Culture
  • For best growth: LED Grow Light, 35 watts to 60 watt. Full Spectrum and colors for Hydroponics,(Plants, Vegetables, Herbs). Experience has shown best results come with the refugium light on 24/7.

$59.99

NOTE: Sometimes an algae may be unavailable, so a different beneficial macroalgae will be substituted.
 Green Gracilaria
Gracilaria tikvahiae
Green Gracilaria Algae

Description: Green Gracilaria adds nice color and a healthy live food for herbivorous fish to any saltwater aquarium system. Easy to keep, large capacity for nutrient uptake make it an excellent macroalgae.
Difficulty to Grow:Moderate
Reef Safe:Yes
Minimum Lighting Requirements: 60 watt or higher 5,000K or higher spectrum, Min. 8 hour photo period per day
Waterflow:Medium, can be set in aquarium, refugium, algae scrubber or sump
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron

$15.99 1/4 pound
$31.99 1/2 pound
$63.99 1 pound

Quantity :
 Pom Pom Gracilaria
Gracilaria hayi
Pom Pom Gracilaria Algae

Description: Uniquely shaped macroalgae grows in spherical clumps. A great element to add to medium to high flow refugiums, algae reactors and inventive displays. Great as a natural fish food and for absorbing excess nutrients.
Difficulty to Grow:Moderate
Reef Safe:Yes
Minimum Lighting Requirements: 60 watt or higher 5,000K or higher spectrum, Min. 8 hour photo period per day
Waterflow:Medium to High can be set in aquarium, refugium, algae scrubber or sump
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron

$20.99 1/4 pound
$41.99 1/2 pound
$83.99 1 pound

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Chaetomorpha
Chaetomorpha linum Chaetomorpha, Spaghetti Algae

Description: Chaetomorpha is sometimes called Chaeto or Spaghetti Algae. No macroalgae we keep is easier to care for then chaeto. Mostly used as a refugium / algae scrubber algae, excellent for nutrient export. Most fish do not find Chaetomorpha palatable.
Difficulty to Grow:Easiest macroalgae to keep
Reef Safe:Yes
Minimum Lighting Requirements: use (2 watts minimum to 4 watts preferred) per gallon of full spectrum light, 14 hour photo period recommended
Waterflow:Medium flow, refugium, algae scrubber or sump
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026
Supplements: Magnesium, Trace Elements, Iron

$12.99Golf Ball: Approx. 28 grams
$24.99Tennis Ball: Approx. 57 grams
$47.99 Soft Ball: Approx. 114 grams

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PLEASE NOTE: We go to great lengths to treat, quarantine and remove any unwanted parasites, hitchhikers, and other organisms from our Macro Algae. However, we do not guarantee that this item is completely and totally free of anything unwanted. This is because sometimes spores, eggs, etc can remain viable but not visible, despite our strict quarantine procedure. As a result, we always recommend that you properly quarantine anything new that you are adding to your tank. Photos are representative of each species. Copyright ©2018 All rights reserved.