Macroalgae, 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.
As there are invasive and non-invasive algae species available, it is recommended to get all the information you need about the macroalgae in mind before adding it to your marine tank.
No one wants to have the nightmare to realise that they have chosen the wrong macroalgae for their tank after it overgrows the whole tank or the corals, right?!
Our aim is to provide you all the information you need to choose the right macroalgae for your tank and to get all the information you need to keep them successfully in your own marine aquarium.
You might wonder why we actually recommend having
Well, the truth lies in the difference.
So-called Macroalgae on the other side, are easily explained algae which you can see with your naked eye and contain mostly many cells and a defined larger structure.
Ability to suppress unwanted microalgae, like green hair algae etc.
Reducing the nitrate and phosphate level in the marine aquarium
Providing shelter for small fishes, copepods and rotifers
Natural food source for critters and fishes to keep them happy and healthy especially Tang fishes need a good portion of daily algae to stay fit and healthy
A more natural look
BTW: Algae is already the plural for these marine plants, and in the singular, it is called alga :)
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There are a lot of beautiful macroalgae species which are just perfect to be placed in the Refugium Display Tank & even for a Seahorse Tank.
We can especially recommend non-invasive macroalgae species which will add a beautiful colour and structure to the marine aquarium to enjoy.
Macroalgae don't need a lot to grow, just good lighting and enough nutrients.
Should you already have good lighting for your macroalgae but the growth is not as it should be, maybe there are some nutrients missing in your aquarium water which it need to grow?
Livealgae UK offers you premium macroalgae species from fish & copper free tanks.
All macroalgae we sell are sustainable grown in the UK and will be dipped and manually inspected before getting posted out to you, to ensure a premium clean macroalgae quality as much as possible.