Mocha spike sphere macroalgae is an undeniably attractive seaweed. Though it is just like the popular and much more common red-colored spike sphere in shape and care requirements, this xanthin-rich variety is golden brown in hue.
Growing at a slightly slower pace than some other species (e.g. Ulva sp.), it is most appropriate for more established systems with relatively low dissolved nutrient loads. This particular Gracilaria is frequently selected because of its unique appearance. Additionally, while not quite as palatable (soft) as the ogos, freshly harvested mocha spike sphere macroalgae can nevertheless works well as a live seaweed food.
Scientifically known as Gracilaria tikvahiae, this macroalgae is common along the North American East Coast from Canada to southern Mexico. It also occurs in the Caribbean and South America, where color and form are especially variable. Invasive populations have also become established in Hawaii. It prefers moderate water movement in fertile, shallow, subtidal habitats.
MOCHA SPIKE SPHERE Care Specifications:
|Water Parameters:||55-80° F, dKH 8-12,
pH 7.8-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
|Supplements and Lighting:||Generally, there will be sufficient nutrients and minerals present in the aquarium water
to support this species. It may in certain cases be advantageous
to dose certain vital elements (iron, iodine, etc.). High- to medium-intensity,
bluish lighting will obtain the highest growth rate for this adaptive seaweed.
100% Alive-On-Arrival (AOA) Guarantee for AquaCultured Mocha Spike Sphere Macroalgae
*Please note: AlgaeBarn goes to great lengths to treat, quarantine and remove any unwanted parasites, hitchhikers, and other organisms from their Mocha Spike macroalgae. AlgaeBarn does not guarantee that this item is completely and totally free of anything unwanted due to the nature of spores, eggs, etc. which can remain viable but not visible, despite their strict quarantine procedure. AlgaeBarn strives to have the cleanest and highest quality macroalgae on the market. AlgaeBarn always recommends that you properly quarantine anything new before adding it to your tank. All of AlgaeBarn`s macroalgae, and all their products come with a 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee. The images on this page are for example only, actual product appearance may vary.
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