Macroalgae Know How

Welcome to our blog about the beautiful world of marine macroalgae in the marine display tank / refugium / planted reef. We don't just offer you great marine macroalgae species, we also would like to share our knowledge about marine macroalgae with you, that you can enjoy them in your marine tank as well.

There are so many different species to discover, so why don't you look around in our shop for the macralgae you like.

If you have any questions feel free to add your comment or to contact us direct.

How to improve Macroalgae growth in the Marine Tank/Refugium

Macroalgae will need to grow well in the marine aquarium mainly Nitrate and Phosphate beside some other minor and major elements like mainly Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Sulfate and Iron.  Beside having the fitting light conditions to grow macroalgae it is very important to have all the nutrients constantly available in the reef tank as otherwise the macroalgae might starve or die off. Dosing nutrients in a planted Reef Tank or planted Refugium can be the key for a better macroalgae growth, especially when fast growing macroalgae species like Chaetomorpha / Chaeto or Caulerpa species are used in the refugium, as they will need to have always enough nutrients available.
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We are back on track :)

Having the current weather conditions and currently longer delivery times in mind we have updated our website today and offer you from now on a express delivery option.Our free delivery option via Royal Mail First Class will be currently suspended until the delivery times are back to normal and/or the weather conditions are more mild again.We wish you all the best and hope you and your family will stay safe.Salty GreetingsManfredLivealgae UK
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Best water conditions for great macroalgae growth in the Display Tank or Refugium!

For a macroalgae tank we recommend the following water parameter: Temperature: Between 23-28 °C  ( A higher temperature will stress most macroalgae species and can damage them ) PH: 8-8.4 Alkalinity: 8-11 Salinity: 1.024 - 1.026 Nitrate: Between 3-10 ppm, minimum 2ppm Phosphate: Below 0.5 ppm, good is 0,03 ppm, minimum 0.02ppm Magnesium: Around 1200 ppm - 1350 ppm Calcium: Around 400 ppm - 450 ppm ( high levels are important for calcified species like Halimeda) Iron: Around 0.01 ppm Iodine: around 0.04 ppm Should the chaeto / macroalgae not grow well or if the algae suffers dosing of a specialised fertiliser for the marine aquarium is recommended.
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How to attach Macro Algae

How to attach Marine Macro Algae With the different marine macroalgae species available, we received more and more questions how to attach them in the best way tonsure they are safe in the aquarium and can grow well.
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Macroalgae for Herbivore Fishes like Tang, Foxface etc.

Which Macroalgae Can You Add To A Display Tank With Herbivore Marine Fishes  We often get the question what macroalgae we would recommend for herbivore fish species, like the various Tang Species, the Foxface, Algae Blennies etc. The answer to that question is unfortunately not as easy as it seems, as not every species has the same taste like not every Yellow Tang likes the same algae species. Please read more in our full Blog for our recommendations. Your Livealgae UK
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Macroalgae for Seahorses

Macroalgae in an Seahorse Aquarium to create a natural environment for those beautiful animals to make them feel comfortable as much as possible. Not that the right macro algae species will provide them a natural holdfast which will look much better than a plastic chain or similar, some macroalgae species offer a hunting place for the Seahorses to catch rotifers and copepods.  Especially the blue Ochtodes or the Green Bush marine macroalgae are perfect for this. Beside this macroalgae will increase the oxygen level in the Seahorse Tank and improve the water quality when growing, by taking out unwanted nutrients like Nitrate and Phosphate.Find HERE more macroalgae species which we recommend for a seahorse aquarium. 
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How to get rid of Nuisance Algae?

NUISANCE ALGAE - HOW TO GET RID OFOpposite to the beauty of wanted macroalgae in the marine tank, unwanted microalgae - so-called nuisance algae- can become a real nightmare for aquarists.  To identify them is a task which is with some research normally done quite quickly, but to get rid of them can take weeks if not months. From our experience, we want to give you one possible guideline to get rid of these unwanted pest algae in your marine aquarium, to bring back the enjoyment of this fantastic hobby.  
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INTRODUCTION TO MARINE MACROALGAEMacroalgae, or sometimes so called seaweed, seems to have become within the last years more and more popular amongst marine aquarium hobbyists. Previously macroalgae were often used specifically to provide a natural way to export the nutrients in the aquarium water, which means that the algae will grow by using compounds like nitrate, phosphate, ammonium and some heavy metals in the tank water. During this photosynthesis process, it uses carbon dioxide too and turns this into additional oxygen for the aquarium inhabitants. As well it will help to raise the pH level in the tank and increase the tank carbonate buffer capacity, which means are more stable alkalinity level. In addition, it is often used to provide additional hiding spaces for copepods and rotifers. Nowadays thanks to the variety of available macroalgae species, macroalgae can still fulfil these very important functions but they add a very important benefit too . . . . . . a beautiful and more natural looking tank.
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