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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.

Hi there. I've set up a refugium. Was looking for a nice macro algea. Kind of looking for my refugium to be a second display tank. Want an attractive algae that won't over run my display tank if it accidentally gets through the return pump . Thanks . . .

Hi. That is a great idea to use the refugium as a macroalgae display tank :)

We have a section especially for macroalgae which are just perfect to place in the display tank which you can find HERE

Especially red macroalgae species like Gracilaria & Halymenia will fit well for your purpose and add a great colour too to enjoy.

If you have the space in your refugium I would recommend some caulerpa species which we have not added to this section, as they might overgrow in a main display tank easily rockwork and corals. But I guess you won't have this in the refugium, or?

The Caulerpa TaxifoliaCaulerpa Prolifera and Caulerpa Racemosa are great for this.
The Ochtodes and Red Turf Macroalgae I would place away from the return pump, as they will attach themselves and floating parts might not be the best idea for the return pump :)

If you have any further questions let me know.

I hope you will find some nice macroalgae to kickstart your new project.

All the best and please stay safe and well.


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