Red Ogo Macro Algae (Gracilaria sp.)
Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Placement: Bottom to Middle
Red Gracilaria Algae is a reddish, translucent algae that serves as a natural and nutritious food source for herbivorous fish. It offers essential nutrition for many plant-eating marine species, making it a perfect live food option. Tangs and angels, in particular, will thoroughly enjoy feasting on this algae, making it a delightful addition to their diet. The algae is provided in small 1-4" pieces, making it easy to feed directly into the aquarium, much like flake foods.
In addition to its benefits as a live food, Gracilaria algae can also be cultivated in invertebrate or reef aquariums, as long as it is not disturbed by fish or other invertebrates. To grow it successfully, anchor the algae between the rockwork of the aquarium, ensuring it takes root and starts thriving under proper lighting and water conditions.
Moderate flow and lighting, along with supplementation of Iron, Magnesium, and Trace elements, will support the growth of Gracilaria algae. However, it's crucial to maintain low levels of phosphates and nitrates, as high concentrations of these nutrients can inhibit the algae's growth.
By introducing Red Gracilaria Algae to your aquarium, you not only provide a delicious food source for your herbivorous fish but also cultivate a vibrant and beneficial addition to your invertebrate or reef setup. With proper care and attention to water parameters, this algae can flourish and contribute to the overall health and beauty of your marine ecosystem.