Dragon's Breath Macro Algae (Halymenia durvillei)
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Placement: Bottom to Middle
The Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae stands out as a top choice among enthusiasts for its captivating appearance. Its fiery coloration and deeply serrated fronds create a visually striking and architecturally interesting addition to any marine aquarium. This ornamental macroalgae immediately adds a dramatic and vibrant touch to the aquatic landscape.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae offers natural water quality benefits through nutrient export and oxygenation, contributing to a cleaner and healthier aquarium environment. Its growth habit and color can vary significantly depending on aquarium conditions, ranging from compact and bush-like to flowing tendril-like, and it grows relatively fast under ideal circumstances.
The Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae is an excellent choice for most nano reef aquariums, refugiums, or seahorse systems. However, it may not be suitable for systems housing large herbivorous fish and invertebrates, as they may consume the algae.
When introduced, the Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae comes ready to anchor in the rockwork of your refugium. Providing medium to high flow and low to moderate lighting, along with supplementation of iron, magnesium, and trace elements, will support its growth. While the algae naturally filters the water by utilizing available phosphate and nitrate, excessive levels of these nutrients can hinder its growth.
Additionally, the Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae serves as an essential and favored food source for herbivores like tangs and angels. Once established, you can clip pieces from your refugium or nano aquarium to feed these nutritious snacks to your marine inhabitants. With its beauty, functionality, and potential as a food source, the Aquacultured Dragon's Tongue Algae proves to be a valuable asset to any marine aquarium setup.