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Ochtodes Sp. Red Marine Macroalgae Expand

Ochtodes Sp.

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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 colour to the tank and will quickly become a centerpiece.

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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Ochtodes Sp. Marine Macro Algae

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.

Colouration
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.

Transit
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.

Light
The Blue Ochtodes macro algae prefers good light, but not too much. Its deep blue colour is best to reach with a 6500k-10000k light. With direct sunlight or out of the water it will turn brown.  When you receive these algae it will look brown,  but once back in the marine water it will get its colour back, varying in blue / purple shades, depending on what kind of light and how much light the Blue Ochtodes gets.

Palatable
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.

Attaching
This algae will attach itself when left for example on the rock for a few days without movement. Keep an eye on floating bits of it in your tank as they will do the same when they get the chance too.

Trimming
Whitish parts of this macro algae should be removed as they are decomposing.

Treatment
Like for most marine macro algae a higher level of Nitrate and Phosphate, in addition to the supplement of Iron, Magnesium and Trace elements will improve the growth of this marine algae.

Please note
Our macro algae are from fish free macro algae tanks, although we use sometimes pictures for demonstration purposes only which will include fishes, seahorses and or corals.
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. 

All macro algae will be thoroughly dipped in a professional solution to deactivate hitchhikers as good as possible before posting. But still inspect your algae on arrivel closely.
If you don't want this, please send us a message together with your order.

We highly recommend nonetheless that you properly quarantine anything new before adding it to your marine tank.

We aim to offer you the healthiest and best quality macro algae on the market, therefore, all of our macro algae comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
The images on this page are for example only, actual product appearance may vary.   


Scientific NameHypnea Pannosa
Common NameBlue Ochtodes or Blue Ball
Difficulty:Easy
Growth Rate:Fast
Food Value:Very Palatable
Nutrient Uptake:Very good
Flow Rate:Medium to High
Light:Moderate to High
Invasive:Yes
ColourRed Macroalgae
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We want you to be fully happy with your new algae addition. Therefore we offer you a hassle free Satisfaction Guarantee.  

If you are not 100%  happy with the macroalgae you received on arrival we will refund you the full money back *1.
We even will cover the return costs. The refund will be offered after we arrived and checked the returned algae.

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We offer you marine algae from our mature macro algae mother colonies in a premium quality & 100% healthy. Sustainably grown in the UK.

All macro algae we sell will be normally heat sealed and wet wrapped when posted to you, protected in a small box which assures that it doesn't get damaged while in transit. 

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When we can match the other price we will send you a discounted offer which will be valid for the next 7 days after receiving our email. 
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The price match offer is only valid for identical, same size/amount and available macro algae species.
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questions Marie L. on 15/05/2018
Question: 

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?

Answer: 

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.

questions Tom on 13/03/2018
Question: 

Do I need to glue it, or how will it stay in the bottom of my tank?

Answer: 

This macro algae will attach itself within 2-3 days when it gets good light to rock etc. We recommend to leave it for this time on a small piece of rock or similar in an area without strong current. If you don't have such an area in your aquarium use some rubber band or place in in between some rockwork to hold it in place until it has attached itself. We don't recommend just to place it on a fine sandbed, as it needs something to attach itself to stay in place. We hope this helps. Kind regards Livealgae UK

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falling apart

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

It arrived quickly but this algae is falling apart and scatters everywhere in the tank. It made my tank so messy. So, I really do not like it. It also looks like brown/light green rather than purple/blue.

Shop owner reply (Oct 18, 2018):
We are sorry to hear that you are not happy with this algae. \r\nIts colour will be brown when it gets in contact with air but once back in the marine water it will change its colour back to blue/purple, depending what light you provide.\r\nIt turns white/clear and turns soft when it is decomposing, these parts should be removed.\r\n\r\nIt is not normal for this alga that it will break in pieces, once in the tank ( It might happen so in transport, but it will reattach within a few days when left in an area with good light, but no current easily). \r\nWe have it in one of our tanks even close to a powerhead and it is growing well and stays in place.\r\n\r\nSo we wonder why this happened to you. If you like please contact us via email or phone and we will try to figure out why this happened to you. Your current water parameters would be very helpful for this, especially your Nitrate, Phosphate, Salinity, Alkalinity, PH and Magnesium/Calcium levels.\r\n\r\nKind regards\r\n\r\nManfred\r\nLivealgae UK
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Nice, but more purple

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

Looks more purple in my tank

Shop owner reply (Oct 18, 2018):
The colour of it will vary depending how much light it gets ( where you place it in your tank ) and what light spectrum you use. If you have further questions regarding this please don\'t hesitate to contact us.\r\nKind regards\r\n\r\nLivealgae UK\r\n
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(5/5

Very impressed

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

Love the colour and structure of this algae. \r\n

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Broken in transit

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

It arrived in a few pieces.

Shop owner reply (Oct 18, 2018):
Hi. \r\n\r\nThe Ochtodes is a quite fragile alga, and although we try to pack it carefully it can break in transit.\r\n\r\nBut once back in your tank, just place them together in an area of your aquarium without a current but good light, and it will attach itself together normally within 2-3 days again.\r\n\r\nI hope this helps.\r\nKind regards\r\n\r\nLivealgae UK\r\n
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Arrived fast but in 3 pieces

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

It arrived fast but I thought it would be in one piece.\r\nIt looks more brown too, which was mentioned So i hope it will change it colour to blue again.

Shop owner reply (Oct 18, 2018):
HI. \r\nThank you for ou review.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, it might happen that the Blue Ochtodes breaks in transit, depending on how they get handled by Royal Mail. \r\nBut once you add them to your tank just leave them in an area without strong current and good light for 2-3 days and they will grow back together to one piece.\r\n\r\nWe hope you enjoy it.\r\n\r\nFeel free to contact us whenever you have a question.
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