Featured Questions

Do you have a shop to visit?

Livealgae UK is an aquamarine farm specialised in marine macroalgae and we do not have a shop to visit.

But we offer all our macroalgae for sale online within the UK & EU. And of course they all come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to ensure that you are fully happy with your new marine aquarium additions on arrival.

You can read more about all our Guarantees HERE


I have placed an order but did not receive any confirmation email?

Once you have placed an order on our website you will automatically receive an confirmation email.

Please check your spam folder as it might have landed in there and if not please check if the email you have provided on our website is correct.


When will my order be shipped?

Macroalgae orders

We aim to ship your order normally within two working days Monday - Wednesday morning.

This means that when you place your order on a Wednesday or later the week it will normally be shipped next Monday / latest Tuesday morning out to you, as we have due to Covid-19 currently shorter drop off times with the carriers.

Orders where the UPS or Royal Mail Guaranteed delivery posting option have been chosen will be sent as a parcel and you will receive a separate email to arrange a delivery day with you to ensure that someone will be at home to receive the parcel.

All other non perishable product orders

We aim to ship your order within two working days Monday - Friday.


Do you post within the EU ( outside the UK ) ?

Yes, we post within the EU still. We need to see how this will work after the 31.12.2020 though.

We offer normally two posting options, the standard delivery which takes around 4-8 working days and the EU Express delivery, which takes approximately between 1-4 working days.

EU orders will only be posted every Monday morning, to give the macroalgae  the best chance to arrive fast at yours.

Although we will do our best to protect the live algae as good as possible, we, unfortunately, can notguarantee the quality of the macroalgae on arrival, as it might be longer in transport than usual, which is beyond our control. 

Therefore any posting within the EU would be fully at your own risk. We can't replace any macroalgae which diminished in transit.

Please read more about the Terms of EU Orders ( outside the UK )

HERE


Do you post macroalgae outside of the EU?

We are sorry but we can not offer for sale our marine macroalgae species outside of the EU.


What does dosing macroalgae mean?

In a macroalgae reef tank or planted refugium /sump it can be necessary to add nutrients like nitrate & phosphate, Iron and other trace elements to keep macroalgae healthy and well growing, especially when the macroalgae growth is not satisfying, or dying off and very often in marine macroalgae dominated reef tanks. 

Dosing nutrients can be as well very helpful to stimulate macroalgae growth in generell.

Beside of the main nutrients macroalgae will need to grow ( nitrate, phosphate ), Potassium, Iodine and Iron will support the growth of marine macroalgae too and can be safely added to the marine aquarium, following the instructions provided.

If you like to know more about dosing macroalgae in a reef tank you can find more about  HERE

Livealgae UK offers as well a range of fertiliser and additives for an optimized macroalgae growth, which you can find HERE

Beware:
We do not recommend to use fertiliser for normal planted aquariums, as they are often produced to use in freshwater aquariums and often include ingredients which can be harmful to marine life like critters, livestock and corals, especially when Copper has been added to it.

There are some readily mixed fertilisers available which are safe to use as they are specifically formulated for marine tanks, like Brightwell's ChaetoGro and Continuum's Basis Chaeto Grow 


Faq Sections

FAQ - Marine Macroalgae
What are the different types of macroalgae?

Macroalgae are commonly often just called seaweed. Although a lot of macroalgae species are edible we offer for sale all macroalgae species just for the use in the marine aquarium, so don't be tempted by the great pictures, please.

Macroalgae species are divided into three main live algae species groups which are the red macroalgae, green macroalgae and brown macroalgae.

The most common and widely available macroalgae species are the green marine algae species. Especially the different varieties of Caulerpa are widely available as they often grow very fast and are easy to keep. They are successfully used to reduce the Nitrate and Phosphate level in the aquarium water, which can help to suppress nuisance microalgae.
The only downfall with green macroalgae species is that they are often invasive, which means that they can overgrow your rockwork when not kept under control. Often they are placed in a Refugium / Sump to let them do the nutrients export work and to keep them in a controlled area.

The second biggest group are the red macroalgae species, which often grow much slower than the green marine algae species, which means that they take less nutrients ( Nitrate / Phosphate ) out of the water but therefore they add some beautiful colours to the marine aquarium and in our opinion, some species are so good looking that they can easily compete with harder to keep coral species.
But the best they are often non-invasive and therefore just perfect to be placed in the Display Tank.

The third largest macroalgae group are the brown macroalgae species, which are very rare to get, as they are not very often used, and more often seen as unwanted macroalgae in the marine aquarium


What are the benefits of marine macroalgae?
  • Macroalgae will help to remove nutrients from the marine aquarium and so help to reduce the nitrate and phosphate levels
  • Macroalgae can help to reduce unwanted microalgae ( nuisance algae ) by outcompeting them in the marine tank
  • Many macroalgae species will provide shelter for copepods and amphipods and help to increase the population, especially Ochtodes, Chaetomorpha etc.
  • Some macroalgae species will be happily eaten by fishes and critters and therefore help to keep them happy and healthy, like Ulva.
  • Macroalgae will give your aquarium a more natural look
  • Seahorses will love the benefit of additional hold fast and we can imagine you will enjoy this look as well much more than the look of an artificial addition.
  • Many macroalgae species can compete with corals when it comes to the beauty of it, and are often much easier to keep too.
  • Macroalgae will add beautiful colours to your marine tank setup.
  • Macroalgae will release additional oxygen into the water while growing.

What water conditions will need macroalgae to grow?

For a macroalgae marine tank we recommend the following guideline for the marine water chemistry:

As a general rule, this is for most macroalgae species we sell, but there will be some which will need different environments. If you are unsure please ask us before you order.

Temperature: Between 23-29 °C

PH: 7.9-8.4

Salinity: 1.024 - 1.026

Nitrate: Between 5-10 ppm, above 2ppm

Phosphate: Below above 0.02ppm

Magnesium: Around 1250 ppm - 14000 ppm

Calcium: Around 400 ppm - 450 ppm ( important for calcified species)

Iron: Around 0.01 ppm

Iodine: around 0.04 ppm

If you like to know more about what nutrients macroalgae need to grow successfully in your marine aquarium please have a look HERE


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FAQ - Your order from Livealgae UK
I have placed an order but did not receive any confirmation email?

Once you have placed an order on our website you will automatically receive an confirmation email.

Please check your spam folder as it might have landed in there and if not please check if the email you have provided on our website is correct.


When will my order be shipped?

Macroalgae orders

We aim to ship your order normally within two working days Monday - Wednesday morning.

This means that when you place your order on a Wednesday or later the week it will normally be shipped next Monday / latest Tuesday morning out to you, as we have due to Covid-19 currently shorter drop off times with the carriers.

Orders where the UPS or Royal Mail Guaranteed delivery posting option have been chosen will be sent as a parcel and you will receive a separate email to arrange a delivery day with you to ensure that someone will be at home to receive the parcel.

All other non perishable product orders

We aim to ship your order within two working days Monday - Friday.


Can I ask for a special delivery day?

Sure. Just let us know when you order when you like us to post your order out to you. But please have in mind that we post macroalgae currently just Monday - Wednesday morning, that it doesn't get stuck in transit. 

Due to Covid-19 delivery times can be currently longer than normal. As this is beyond our control we can unfortunately not guarantee a special delivery day at the moment, but we are happy to post it when you like us too. Please have in mind that macroalgae orders will be latest posted Wednesday morning.


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FAQ - Livealgae UK
Do you have a shop to visit?

Livealgae UK is an aquamarine farm specialised in marine macroalgae and we do not have a shop to visit.

But we offer all our macroalgae for sale online within the UK & EU. And of course they all come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to ensure that you are fully happy with your new marine aquarium additions on arrival.

You can read more about all our Guarantees HERE


Do you offer to deliver personally?

We are sorry but we are just a local aquamarine farm for macroalgae and can not offer a personal delivery, unfortunately.
But we are happy to post it within the UK and EU.


Where is Livealgae UK based?

We are based in West Yorkshire - Leeds, but we will post all our marine macroalgae species within the UK & EU.


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FAQ - Marine Nuisance Algae
What are nuisance algae ( microalgae )?

Microalgae or often so called nuisance algae, are microscopic organisms that live in water as single cells or in colonies. Microalgae can grow very fast, and some species can double in size in just 24 hours.

Opposite to macroalgae they are that kind of marine algae you do not want to have growing in the marine aquarium which gives them their name: Nuisance.

The most common microalgae in the marine aquarium and reef tank setups are: DIATOMS, FILM ALGAE, DINOFLAGELLATES, RED OR GREEN SLIME ALGAE, GREEN HAIR ALGAE AND BUBBLE ALGAE.

IDENTIFICATION OF NUISANCE MARINE MICRO ALGAE


How to get nuisance algae out of my reef tank / refugium?

Depending on which microalgae you have in your marine tank or reef aquarium different steps are necessary to get them successfully out of your tank setup.

Please have first a look at our MICROALGAE DATABASE  to identify them correctly.

Beside of this individual microalgae solution we recommend the following general steps to get successfully rid of unwanted marine micro algae in your aquarium.

HOW TO GET RID OF NUISANCE MICRO ALGAE


My question is not answered on this page, how can I get more help?

Just get in touch with us CONTACT US


FAQ - Product specific
My Ochtodes Sp turned brown / red ?
Ochtodes Macroalgae turned brown

For the blue Ochtodes macroalgae, it is normal that it will turn brown, once taken out of the water and or in transit. But once back in the marine water and with the right light it will turn blue/violet again normally within a few days.

Ochtodes Macro Algae turned red / orange

When your Ochtodes turned red /orange or white it is, unfortunately, a sign that it got too much stress and that it is dying off. Often this is a sign that the water parameters are not good for it or it was too long in transit. Please remove the parts of the algae which changed to those colours from your tank, as it won't, unfortunately, recover from this. Parts which still look brown/purple/blue are good and will grow on with the fitting water and light conditions.


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