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Beautiful algae if you can get it and keep it alive featured

Comments This is a benthic species of algae and as such lives in an environment difficult to maintain in our tanks. It has a beautiful morphology and striking red color that make it one of the most attractive algae you can get. That is, if you can get it. It isn't often sold and tends to be a bit costly when it is.

It also grows quite long, nor for kelp, but when compared with the macro algae we normally grow in our tanks, ten inches is a lot.

This is a deeper water species that is used to lower light conditions which makes it difficult to keep alive the average tank. Unlike most corals that require low light, we can't just hide the Rhodophyta in the shade of a rock, because as mentioned it can get quite long. You can overcome this by frequent cropping, or if you have a rather deep tank. I have read other places that recomend bright lighting, but this has not been my experience with this species.

Overall, I would say if you can get this algae, do, because it's a beautiful way to absorb nutrients, provides hiding places for various organism, and tends to be hardy once established.


Liked about it 1. Awesome red color
2. Grows well.
3. Great habitat for organisms.
4. Works to absorb nutrients and because of how beautiful it looks you can keep it in the display tank. A great way to have macro algae for those who don't have a refugium.


Didn't like 1. Grows long.
2. Requires low light.
3. Expensive when compared to other macro algae.
4. Difficult to find.


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5.0
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5.0

By tcamos
Sep 13, 2010
 
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Nice nature looking algae

Comments This definitely looked really nice when I added this into my tank. It looked like my tank contained a small part of the ocean. It was also a moderately fast growing algae that grew to be quite long. It is not aggressive and it is very hardy.


Liked about it The kelp on rock was very nice looking and very beautiful. It was a hardy algae and survived in various water conditions. It was a great place for my fish to hide. Reef compatible. It only needs a descent amount of water flow to survive.


Didn't like This plant requires only a certain amount of light. It is also quite expensive if you can find it somewhere. It will grow to many inches and will be very tall.


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4.3
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5.0
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3.5

By Silentdea
Mar 20, 2011
 
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