If you buy saltwater macro algae for sale such as chaetomorpha, known as chaeto, Red Ogo algae, Fern algae and Grape caulerpa you will be providing a healthy nutritious fish food snack and have clean water condition for your fish and corals. Introducing Live saltwater Macro algae to your tank will go a long way to achieving a balanced reef aquarium. Macro algae maintains water quality.
Fish waste and uneaten food produce nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, nitrites. Without macro algae growing in your aquarium these nutrients will build up to levels which are toxic to corals, fish, snails, invertebrates, crabs etc.. So it's essential to have some macro algae growing in our reef aquarium tanks.
Saltwater Macro algae is a natural habitat for copepods, amphipods, micro fauna. This makes it the habitat for seahorses, all kinds of fish like mandarin fish etc...
We culture over 30 different types of saltwater macro algae. Chaetomorpha, Fern, Caulerpa, Grape, Gracilaria...
You can grow it floating or attached to an object.
Another benefit of having this algae growing in our saltwater tank is that it is a haven for amphipods, copepods, mysid shrimp and snails, brittle stars, micro stars, and baby fish fry. Many small micro cleaning crew animals will set up nests in this lush algae. So growing this algae in your tank will promote the growth and well-being of the micro fauna, Zooplankton in your system.
Here at the nursery we consider this hardy species of algae an asset when it comes to keeping pristine water quality in our fish, coral, and shrimp nursery tanks.
By growing this macro algae in our systems, it out-competes other nuisance species like green hair algae and Cyano Bacteria (red slime) for the nutrients in the water. Thus this algae is great for keeping those unwanted destructive algae at bay or even non-existent in the tank over time. Keep in mind that the more light lumens it gets the faster and healthier it will grow. What we mean by absorbing nutrients in the tank is that by growing, it is using the nutrients in the tank for food or fuel as we sometimes refer to it. So the more it grows the more it can filter the water.
We prefer this saltwater algae for all of our filtering systems because it is the safest. Most other algae can go into a sexual faze and start releasing gametes and some inhibitory chemicals which all combined in an enclosed system, can really foul your water up almost overnight, before you know what happened.
This algae is unappealing as a food to many of the reef fish, so you can grow it in your main tank or in a refugium/sump type of setup.
Saltwater plants Macro algae is the amphipod and copepods natural habitat. Having macro algae in your saltwater marine tank aquarium will encourage colonies of zooplankton to set up breeding colonies and thrive in your tank. Fish like seahorses and mandarins benefit greatly by having their natural prey available, and be able to hunt among the algae like they do in the wild.
When you buy chaeto chaetomorpha macro algae at ANF you are getting a hardy strain clean of unwanted pests and full of micro fauna like copepods and amphipods and many others.