Marine Grasses and Algaes

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  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi,

    i am looking for the following:
    Shaving Brush Plant
    (Penicillus sp.)

    Halimeda Plant
    (Halimeda sp.)

    Kelp on Rock, Smooth Leaf
    (Haliptilon sp.)

    Kelp on Rock, Grape
    (Botryocladia sp.)

    Maiden's Hair Plant
    (Chlorodesmis sp.)

    Mermaid's Fan Plant
    (Udotea sp.)

    Chaetomorpha Algae
    (Chaetomorpha sp.)

    Ulva Lettuce Algae
    (Ulva sp.)
     
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  3. George

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    Hello dallasg

    I can help you with a few Halimeda.

    George
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    pls can u pm me pricing and delivery to jhb

    thanks
     
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    The Halimeda is not for sale it is free, if you could arrange getting it to JHB I ll take some out the airport tank for you. Just need to know a few days before hand.

    George
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thats awesome! thanks
    i am just reading up a little more on marine plants and making sure the refugium is 100%, so in about 3-4day

    thanks George
     
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    lol Dallas you been browsing Liveaquaria again? I have quite a nice big colony of Botryocladia, could give you a small section, but not sure how I would get it to you.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have been trying to get marine plants for ages, wanna get them aqua-cultured

    thanks, in a bag with water, in a shoe box and courrier, will find out costs and get back to you
     
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    ok, u send for it and I will supply it ;)

    Not sure if its going to be worth your while though with courier costs...but its up to you.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cool, will check this eve!
    maybe i need to go to the coast and collect
     
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    I have chaeto, you are welcome to some when I next harvest (in a week or so)

    I know robin (midasblenny) should have some Gracilaria sp
     
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    Dallas, I will be harvesting my chaeto in the next few days. Do you still want?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks i got from sentari
    i am looking for more the DT types of algae etc
     
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    sure man.

    unfortunately i dont have any macros, only a tiny patch of byropsis :(
     
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    whats wrong with bryopsis i keep lots in my DT:p

    dallas, when someone brings in a new batch of LR from kenya ask them for some with algaes on it, i have a number of nice macros i got from that shipment:)
     
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    Its the devils pubic hair......:razz:
     
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    well if you put it like that no wonder nothing eats it! :)
     
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    Hi Dallas,

    Just a word of advise - whenever you have these plants transported, make sure that they are shipped in lots of water (especially the Ulva) - they don't survive well is a part of them has been allowed to dry out, and they tend to die back much like SPS corals with RTN. Also, if possible, try to get the plant already anchored to a piece of rock - then even if it does die off, it tends to grow out again from within the rock.

    Good luck with your algae - some beautiful species you are looking at.

    PS, here is a photo showing an "algae tank" I had some years ago (did great until my urchins grew up and cleared all the rock...):

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    Hennie
     
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    Wow thats amazing! Very cool! How did you control it so that it didnt grow out of control?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks hennie!!
    i have done hours of research on keeping macro algaes, from supplimentation to habitats etc, and i plan to have a sea grass tank hopefully in the neear future.
     
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    Well, for the first 6 months or so the algae predators were small, and did not have much of an effect - that was why the algae grew so well. slowly, over time, the various urchins which came in as hitch hikers with the uncured live rock started to out-compete the algae, and this competition increased exponentially as the urchins grew. In the end, they ate up ALL the algae, leaving the tank looking like just another "bare" coral tank.

    Dallas, if I may suggest: start a new tank, using fresh, uncured live rock, and don't allow any urchins or other herbivores (such as tangs) into the tank.

    I have also, at various stages of my previous tanks, kept various species of Sargassum and Nothogenia alive (and actively growing), but they only grew well under metal halide lamps - perhaps something to keep in mind...

    Good luck with your tank :thumbup:

    Hennie
     
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