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MIX N Match Shaving Brush & Red Gracilaria Macro Algae

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YOUR ARE BUYING 1 PIECE OF FULL GROWN SHAVING BRUSH MACRO ALGAE and 1 PIECE OF BRANCHING CORALLINE ALGAE

Overview

The ornamental Shaving Brush Plants are unique macroalgae you’ll want in your saltwater aquarium. Don’t let the Seussian shapes of these “plants” fool you. Though exotically shaped, the Penicillus species of plants are very adept at helping control excess nutrients in almost any marine or reef aquarium. In fact, just a few of these desirable members of the Bombacaceae family planted in your saltwater system can go a long way towards helping reduce nitrate and phosphate from the water column.Brush Plants grow in sandy shallow water fields throughout the world. They have a long, tubular stalk with a multitude of long, thin “leaves” growing in a feathered fashion, usually at the tip of the stalk. For the best care, plant them in aquarium substrate in an area that is well illuminated. These Brush Plants are also well suited for refugiums and modified sumps.

Most herbivorous fish and invertebrates will not normally consume this plant, but sea urchins may uproot and consume this species. In addition, the Shaving Brush Plants will benefit from the regular addition of an iron supplement, as well as trace elements.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2″ to 4″

BRANCHING CORALLINE ALGAE 

This type of Coralline Algae grows like a SPS Coral. Very easy to care for and an excellent way to introduce Coraline into a new system. EACH FRAG WILL HAVE MULTIPLE BRANCHES

Approximate Purchase Size: 2″ to 4″

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YOUR ARE BUYING 1 PIECE OF FULL GROWN SHAVING BRUSH MACRO ALGAE & 1 Frag of Red Gracilaria

Nutrient Uptake:
Birds Nest Red Gracilaria macro algae is a strong nutrient exporter that grows exceptionally fast.

Coloration:
Beautiful fluorescent red color makes it sightly for main displays.  Pictures don’t do this stuff justice!

One of the most sought after algae for marine aquariums and refugiums.  Birds Nest Red Gracilaria is a much thinner version of Gracilaria with its own unique growth pattern and is sure to be one of your center piece algae for your tank.  We use this algae extensively in all of our tanks because of its beauty and nutrient uptake.

If you are not using algae to eliminate your nitrates you are missing out.  In many fish only systems, keeping algae will allow the aquarist to almost eliminate the need for water changes altogether.  Also, many aquarists don’t know it but macro algae actually use all of the toxins that we must watch so carefully in our aquariums.  Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and phosphates are used by algae as fertilizer and are removed from the water to make for happier fish.

Care should be taken when using large quantities of algae for nutrient uptake.  The algae will cause a large oxygen and PH swing at night because at night the plants actually use oxygen instead of producing it, thereby greatly decreasing the level of available oxygen for the fish in your tank.  24 hour lights over the algae or the use of additional aeration equipment are two methods that are commonly used to avoid this problem.  Please also make sure to remove any dead or sick algae from your aquarium as soon as possible because the decaying algae is very harmful for your fish just like decaying food that is left uneaten.

This is a warm water algae that won’t shock from typical saltwater aquarium temps! 76 – 84 degrees. Other species may be from cold water climates and will not acclimate to average tropical saltwater temps.

 

Basic care.. Simply float the unopened bag containing your new algae in the tank for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the temperatures to match up.  Then place the algae in your tank.  Birds Nest Red Gracilaria will not attach itself to rocks or substrate.  Please use rubber bands, glue rocks or a similar means to hold the algae in place.  Trim your algae periodically to directly remove the absorbed toxins from your water or use it as food for your herbivore fish.

Approximate Purchase Size:
 2″ to 3″

Shaving Brush Overview

The ornamental Shaving Brush Plants are unique macroalgae you’ll want in your saltwater aquarium. Don’t let the Seussian shapes of these “plants” fool you. Though exotically shaped, the Penicillus species of plants are very adept at helping control excess nutrients in almost any marine or reef aquarium. In fact, just a few of these desirable members of the Bombacaceae family planted in your saltwater system can go a long way towards helping reduce nitrate and phosphate from the water column.Brush Plants grow in sandy shallow water fields throughout the world. They have a long, tubular stalk with a multitude of long, thin “leaves” growing in a feathered fashion, usually at the tip of the stalk. For the best care, plant them in aquarium substrate in an area that is well illuminated. These Brush Plants are also well suited for refugiums and modified sumps.

Most herbivorous fish and invertebrates will not normally consume this plant, but sea urchins may uproot and consume this species. In addition, the Shaving Brush Plants will benefit from the regular addition of an iron supplement, as well as trace elements.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3″ to 7″

 

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