placed an order, when will it ship?
received before Tuesday 10:00 am EST will ship the same week. If
we are out of stock, we will notify you via email with an
approximate shipping date.
you ship to other countries?
We only ship
to the US, which includes Hawaii & Puerto Rico.
just received my order, what should I do?
We use poly bags to
ship all orders, these bags can be safely floated to acclimate to your aquarium water. We recommend placing everything
in a quarantine tank or similar container with aquarium water from
your system. Open the shipping box and carefully examine the
marine plants. Do any of the stems appear transparent? If so, when
the plants are acclimated and ready to be placed in their new home
carefully remove any transparent material as it may break down in
your aquarium and release organic compounds.
Remove all shipping water from the bags and do not add to the
are strange things attached to the plants and algae.
species of macroalgae and segrass are shipped with some hitch hikers, so make sure you carefully
examine everything before adding to any aquarium or refugium.
White or orange blobs are typically tunicates, sponges and sea
squirts and are quite harmless, as they are readily eaten by many
fish and invertebrates.
is a strong smell coming from the bags and box.
typically a mild sea smell after opening the styrofoam lid. This
is normal as many species of marine algae have a distinctive odor.
Also, In some cases there are some critters that might not
have survived the journey, which is why it's important to sort out
the contents prior to adding them to your aquarium. In addition,
seagrass lives in an anaerobic sand bed which can also have an
my new plants aren't growing!
key, especially with mangroves, halimeda and seagrass. When added
to a new environment, marine plants and algae will have to adjust
to a change in salinity, water temp, ph, etc, which can cause some
of the algae to die back, this is normal, but should be minimal.
Monitor the algae the first couple of days and simply remove any
plant material that appears transparent and doesn't retain its
natural color. When the algae begins to grow again it will be
white at the tips, this is normal and is an indication of daily
Red macro algae, such as gracilaria can become brittle and may
fall apart at the tops of it's stems during shipping, simple
pruning will ensure it adjusts to it's environment.
do marine plants grow?
light to thrive, 3-4 watts per gallon, full spectrum bulbs ranging
from 5000K to 10000K is fine. The major and minor nutrients
required by macro algae are: nitrogen, phosphate, potassium,
sulfate, iron, manganese, thiamine, biotin, and vitamin B12. Most
of all these elements are available in salt mixes or by adding
trace elements. Iron and iodine can be added to the makeup water
to keep levels acceptable. Some plants are very tolerant of
changes and can adjust to most any environment, such as caulerpa.
Caulerpa has a very high tolerance to poor water quality and seems
to grow well as long as their is sufficient light. Water changes
are the key to providing your plants with everything they need to
is nutrient dosing?
In some marine
macro algae dominated systems, there are simply not enough
nutrients to sustain growth (nitrogen, phosphate, iron, etc.) This
is true of seagrass planted aquariums which need large amounts of
nutrients to thrive. The addition of Nitrates or phosphates should
only be administered in a closed planted system and is not
recommended for refugiums. There are several freshwater
supplements available, as well as our own lab quality mix. It is
believed that adding iron also aids in the growth of macro algae
and marine plants. This can safely be added weekly to any system
lacking this nutrient.
does sporulation or "going sexual" mean?
A topic of
much discussion is sporulation, which is the die off and
associated reproduction cycle of macro algae. This can happen if a
drastic change in it's environment occurs, such as the depletion
of essential trace elements, water temp, salinity or ph. This
phenomenon can be avoided by keeping conditions as constant
and stable as possible. Another way is to keep pruning the tank of
new growth. This will become necessary anyway as the algae matures
and overgrows it's environment. Some algae loss and die off should
be expected as macro algae does not live forever.