The marine macroalgae 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
It has a dense structure which offers great hiding space for beneficial hitchhikers like copepods, rotifers and thus will be a nice hunting place for Seahorses and co.
* Currently unavailable via Free Royal Mail First Class delivery. Due to Covid-19 there are possible longer transit times and this algae will not do well in transit for longer than 2 days*
Ochtodes Sp. Marine Macroalgae
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The Ochtodes macroalgae species will arrive at yours more brown looking, which is completely normal for it. As this macroalgae changes its colour once we take it out of the water and it comes in contact with air.
It will turn back to blue/purple normally within 1-2 days once back in the tank and adjustment to the new water and light environment.
The colouration of the Blue Ochtodes macroalgae will vary between purple to blue, depending on what light spectrum and light intensity will be provided. Less light will let it turn more deep blue.
As it is quite a fragile macroalgae 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 macro algae will though easily attach itself together again and to rock or similar. Please just leave it therefore in an area without a current but good light.
The Blue Ochtodes macroalgae 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.
The whole macroalgae is very tasty for herbivore marine fishes, like the Foxfish, Tang species etc. Therefore it is recommended to keep this marine algae in a safe area for a reserve until you like to offer it as additional food to your fishes.
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.
Whitish parts of the Ochtodes macroalgae should be removed as they are decomposing.
Like for most marine macroalgae a higher level of Nitrate and Phosphate, in addition to the supplement of Iron, Magnesium and Trace elements will improve the growth of this live algae.
If the macroalgae is not growing as expected a special formulated fertiliser for the marine aquarium can help to improve the growth of the macroalgae. Please find a selection of supplements for the marine aquarium HERE
This marine algae can be either placed in the Refugium where it would need an enclosed space or in the marine Display Tank.
Please bear in mind that the dense structure of this beautiful live algae makes it much easier for hitchhikers to hide within the algae and although we dip all macroalgae before posting in a professional solution, some hitchhikers may survive this.
If you don't want them please inspect the macro algae very closely before adding it to your tank or keep them in a quarantine tank or similar for the start.
Our macroalgae are from fish free macroalgae tanks, although we use 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.
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.
- Common Name
- Blue Ochtodes or Blue Ball
- Growth Rate:
- Food Value:
- Very Palatable
- Nutrient Uptake:
- Very good
- Flow Rate:
- Medium to High
- Moderate to High
- Red Macroalgae
- Scientific Name
- Hypnea Pannosa
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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.
This macroalgae will attach itself within 2-3 days when it gets good light to rock etc but a drop of superglue will help to keep it in place of course faster :)
When you like to get it natural attached we recommend to leave it for this time on a small piece of rock or similar in an area without a current.
If you don't have such an area in your aquarium use some rubber band or place in-between some rockwork to hold it in place until it has attached itself.
We don not recommend just to place the Ochtodes macroalgae on the substrate, as it needs something to attach itself to stay in place.
We hope this helps.
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.
It will turn more greyish when it gets a lot ( too much ) light often. We have the best experiences with full spectrum lighting, around 6500k btw.
When the Ochtodes macroalgae gets direct sunlight the algae tends to become more purple. Although this marine algae likes good light it will show a deeper blue colour under a medium strong light. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us.
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There is no regrets with this purchase. It looks superb and came in really good condition. It\'s been in my tank for a few days now and it is showing no signs of decay. Really happy with it. The water it came in too was crystal clear tooThe service is super too, really quick and to a high standard
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Beautiful algea in great condition. Only had it for a few days but seems to do alright.