The marine algae Blue Ochtodes sp. with its purple/blue colour is a fantastic addition to the marine tank. It will add a beautiful and rare to find
This macro algae species has a very dense structure which offers great hiding space for beneficial hitchhikers like copepods, rotifers, starfishes and other hitchhikers.
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Please bear in mind that the dense structure of this macro algae makes it much easier for hitchhikers and although we dip our algae before posting in a professional solution, especially starfishes might survive this.
If you don't want them please inspect the algae very closely before adding it to your tank or keep them in a quarantine tank or similar for the start.
The Ochtodes algae species will arrive at yours more brown looking, which is normal for it, as it changes the colour once we take it out of the water and it comes in contact with air.
It will turn back its colour normally within 1-2 days back in the tank it will change its colour back again.
The colouration of the Blue Ochtodes will change between purple to blue, depending what light spectrum and intensity it gets. Less light lets it turn more deep blue.
As it is quite a fragile macro algae species we will add a bit more for you than you order to account for any damage in transit or for small break ups.
This algae will easily attach itself together again and to rock or similar. Please just leave it therefore in an area without a current and good light.
The Blue Ochtodes macro algae
The whole algae are very tasty for herbivore marine fishes, like the Foxfish, Tang species etc. Therefore it is recommended to keep this marine alga in a safe area for a reserve until you like to offer it as additional food to your fishes.
Whitish parts of this
Like for most marine
We do our best to quarantine, treat and remove any unwanted hitchhikers, parasites etc from our macro algae but we can not guarantee that the algae are completely free of anything unwanted, not limited to Copepods, Rotifers, starfishes etc. This is simply because that sometimes eggs, spores, etc can remain viable but not visible and hitchhikers can still stay hidden, especially in dense algae structures, despite our strict quarantine efforts.
|Scientific Name||Hypnea Pannosa|
|Common Name||Blue Ochtodes or Blue Ball|
|Food Value:||Very Palatable|
|Nutrient Uptake:||Very good|
|Flow Rate:||Medium to High|
|Light:||Moderate to High|
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|Rob on 16/07/2019|
I know it can be set-up/equipment dependant, but can you suggest a ball park figure for lighting, that will give most macro algae a good chance of growing? I'm running AI prime HDs on my tank and there are sooo many setting available that it becomes confusing.
Thank you for any help/advice. Kind regards Rob....
The AI Prime are a fantastic choice, you wont have a problem with them. As I don't know your tanks size nor how close you have them over your tank it is hard to say at what percentage you should have them running.
But regards the LEd usage : The blue light will penetrate deeper into the water, so this is good when you have the algae at the bottom. I would as well recommend a good amount of red light ( percentage like blue ) when it doesn't get to violet for you, and around 10-20% less for green.
White depending on your taste, but like blue this will be the main light they will use.
UV a bit :)
Hope this makes sense.
|Marie L. on 15/05/2018|
Hello. I received last week the algae, it looks really nice. But the colour looks more pink in my tank. My water parameters are good. I have around 5 Nitrate and 0.03 Phosphate. How do I get a more blue colour please?
Hello Marie. Thank you for your question and we are happy that you like the macro algae. The colour of the Blue Ochtodes depends of the light you provide. We have best experiences with full spectrum lighting, around 6500k. When it gets direct sunlight the algae tends to become more purple. Although the algae likes good light it will show a deeper blue colour when it gets a medium strong light. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us.
|Tom on 13/03/2018|
Do I need to glue it, or how will it stay in the bottom of my tank?
This algae is almost 'hypnotic' for Copepods.
I keep a nano for live food cultures with no lamp. Nothing is turning white or dying, there is zero decline of the algae, it arrived about two weeks ago. I added lots and lots of nutrients to the water-column in preparation for receiving the algae but the lamp I ordered just did not show up fast. The algae is beautiful, and it is already growing.
I keep a nano for culturing Copepods and they were running/dancing around the glass in thick density, so I found it appropriate to add some kind of decorative macroalgae to house them. Besides the Copepod culture, the nano contained only 1liverock, rotifers and pebble, only a very very soft current for the zooplankton to inhabit the space without problems.
Only 1/3 of the Copepod population remain on the glass now, the rest seem so happy with the Ochtodes that I highly recommend this algae for similar needs.
The Ochtodes are an absolutely stunning macro algae. I would dare say competition with SPS corals. Also the shipping to mainland Europe was fast, seriously it's next day shipping at least from the UK to mainland Europe(Vienna). Also, Manfred is supremely helpful, caring, and he lives and breathes true quality customer service. I cannot praise this business enough.
I love this one, it grows almost a gram a day. People that have seen it cant believe that it is a macro algae
This was my first order with Livealgae and it was very good. Nice lookign algae, well packaged and good communications. I was impressed.
Good communication but overpriced and late delivery