Macro algae help nitrates?

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Yes, macro algae can be beneficial to your tank. It needs moderate lighting.

You would want to keep macro in a refugium, or part of your sump. Somewhere isolated from your main display tank. A lot of macro algae's like caulerpa are very invasive and after they grow so much, they die off and release everything they've absorbed back into the water. I have a lot of caulerpa in my tank, and a lot of chaetomorpha in my refugium. The caulerpa has to be pruned every 2 weeks or so or it will pretty much start filling the tank. It's a pain in the butt and if I could do it all over again I would have never had any in the first place.
 
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Animal Mother;124088 said:
Yes, macro algae can be beneficial to your tank. It needs moderate lighting.

You would want to keep macro in a refugium, or part of your sump. Somewhere isolated from your main display tank. A lot of macro algae's like caulerpa are very invasive and after they grow so much, they die off and release everything they've absorbed back into the water. I have a lot of caulerpa in my tank, and a lot of chaetomorpha in my refugium. The caulerpa has to be pruned every 2 weeks or so or it will pretty much start filling the tank. It's a pain in the butt and if I could do it all over again I would have never had any in the first place.

Here's a pic of the macro I prefer. It doesn't go to soup the way caulerpa or halimeda can and it doesn't generate the holdfasts that spread through your rockword the way those do. Grows like crazy but much easier to prune. Does well under moderate to dim light (no experience with really bright lighting) and warm temps.

Oh... and it's red! :biggrin2:
 

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Where do you get it? I have run across what I think is the same macro but only by chance (look a little like an elk horn?)
 
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Got it from the tank at work. Don't know where it originates from. I think it's commonly referred to as "dragon's breath" or something like that. Dunno, but I love it. People at my LFS say it can't be imported anymore.
 

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Interesting store, I am going to bookmark it. If you order, check out their 1 penny sample maco that they will add to your order for a penny.
 

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