Algae Seven Pack
This product is for six easy to grow picks for your refugium. It comes with Chaeto, Gracilaria, Halimeda, Ulva, Caulerpa and Flame Algae at a package price. Because of the caulerpa, it cannot be sent to California. Currently the species we are sending are:
Carpeting Halimeda - Carpeting Halimeda (Halimeda Opuntia)is a calcified member of the popular Halimeda family, and is a green macroalgae. It gets its name from the thick carpeting growth pattern it features.
This algae is capable of living under low-moderate light, it will grow strongest in moderate to high lighting. All macros present some risk of going sexual and releasing carbon dioxide into you aquarium. However, the risk of adverse ph changes from the release of carbon from this species is fairly low. Because this plant uses calcium to grow, you should keep your tank within 350-450 ppm of calcium for best results. We will send you a piece that is at least approximately 27 cubic inches.
Chaeto - Chaeto (Chaetomorpa spp.) is a green macroalgae for usually used in refugiums, and is widely regarded for its filtering capabilities. It is extremely hardy, and can be kept by the novice aquarist. Simply put it anywhere in your system, give it light strong enough to grow nuisance algae and it should be easy to keep. Chaeto grows very quickly under the right conditions once established in the tank for some time. For best growing results give it bright lighting and moderate flow. We ship a tennis ball size of Chaeto with each purchase.
Fire Fern - Fire Fern, (Bryothamnion sp.), is a red macroalgae with a flat branches with small flame shaped "leaves" around its perimeter. It is calcified and rigid. Initially growing in all shapes and directions, it looks best when trimmed into sort of a triangular shape. It is easily cared for, doing well in low light, (1-2 watts per gallon on a 10 hour photocycle), as well as in brighter lighting. The brighter the light, the darker the macro and vice versa. The macro can be easily trimmed, and the cuttings can be superglued to a rock or shell to start another plant.
Red Gracilaria - (Gracilaria spp.) Gracilaria is a red branching macro algae with cylindrical shaped branches. It is easily cared for, doing well in low light, (1-2 watts per gallon on a 10 hour photocycle), as well as in brighter lighting. The macro can be easily trimmed, and the cuttings can be superglued to a rock or shell to start another bush. If placed in a refugium, the cuttings can be used to feed Tangs, Angels and other herbivorous fish who absolutely love to munch on this algae. It grows at a moderate pace. We will ship you a piece that is approximately 3 inches wide and 3 inches tall or bigger. The macro can grow to a size of 10 inches tall with a runner that can continue to spread the macro lengthwise.
Flat Gracilaria - (Gracilaria spp.) This product is for flat branched species and variations of Gracilaria species. All have a similar appearance, they are short, red, bushy, and have dichotomous "Y" shaped branching. They are all easily cared for, doing well under a broad range of lighting. It should be attached to live rock or a shell with glue, or tied down with fishing line. It should be kept in an area with at least moderate flow.
Ulva - (Ulva spp.) or sea lettuce is not only good at filtering nitrates from your tank, it is an excellent food source for tangs and other herbivorous fish. And if you get hungry enough, it doesn't taste that bad either. :)
This green macroalgae is very easy to care for, and will do fine under a wide range of light, but does best under bright, full spectrum lighting. It can be attached to shells or liverock, and looks great in a macro display tank. Amphipods will appreciate this addition to the refugium, as they will snack on it from time to time. It is a fairly fast grower, and is considered exceptionally hardy.
Caulerpa Mexicana - is a prolific grower, that needs proper trimming. Under ideal captive conditions a runner can send 1-2 fronds up a day as it covers one lateral inch. In the wild the growth can be triple-fold. Because of this it is a better candidate for the refugium or sump rather than the display tank, unless you are dedicated to pruning. The runner itself is somewhat thick and can be peeled back when trimming if you use a delicate touch. This is easier done if the caulerpa is contained to the sandbed, refugium, or an isolated rock, rather than in a difficult to access location in your main display. Old growth should be discarded and new growth retained. It will grow well under moderate to bright lighting. Brighter lighting all other things equal will contribute to faster growth, but the plants will generally be paler in color. Taller fronds grow in low flow environments, plants exposed to turbulence tend to remain shorter.
This pack cannot be sent to California.