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Mocha Spike Sphere - Live Macroalgae Gracilaria Tikvahiae - Algae Barn

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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.

Mocha Spike Sphere Species Information

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:

Species: Gracilaria tikvahiae
Difficulty: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
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.

Size Guide:

  • Tennis Ball: Approx. 1/8 lb (57 grams)
  • Soft Ball: Approx. 1/4 lb (114 grams)
  • 2 x Soft Ball: Approx. 1/2 lb (228 grams)
  • 4 x Soft Ball: Approx. 1 lb (456 grams)

100% Alive-On-Arrival (AOA) Guarantee for AquaCultured Mocha Spike Sphere Macroalgae

  • Aquacultured mocha spike sphere macroalgae provide a huge advantage over wild-harvested specimens. For instance, if cultivated under captive conditions, they are better adapted to living in an aquarium. They are also much less likely to carry unwanted hitchhikers. Better yet, aquacultured specimens are better able to tolerate shipping stress. By purchasing captive-bred livestock you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable! AlgaeBarn keeps mocha spike sphere in a macroalgae-specific system to minimize the transfer of fish parasites and other unwanted hitchhikers.
  • AlgaeBarn guarantees that all mocha spike sphere macroalgae they sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should they arrive in any other state, they will either replace them free of charge (including shipping). They issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit their 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.
  • *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.

    Manufacturer Info

    We think the best way to inspire people to protect our oceans is to help them observe, understand and learn from the magnificent creatures that inhabit them. That’s why at Algaebarn we produce premium aquacultured marine organisms that are sustainable and eco-friendly. By providing quality live foods backed by scientific research, we aspire to improve the general health and longevity of ornamental fish. One day we hope to see all marine aquariums filled entirely with aquacultured organisms, thus reducing our hobby’s impact on natural marine environments. The best way to make that vision a reality is to start with the building blocks of all marine ecosystems; Zooplankton and Phytoplankton. We grow all of our premium Copepods and Phytoplankton at the base of the Rocky Mountains in our state of the art 2,000sqft aquaculture facility. As hobbyists ourselves we understand the importance of knowing what goes into your aquarium. That’s why we run all of our water through a twelve stage RODI system before mixing in InstantOcean synthetic sea salt. There are no fish or copper parts anywhere in our facility so you never have to worry about introducing anything unwanted into your aquarium. We only sell premium live Copepods & nutritious Phytoplankton with no harmful chemicals or preservatives.

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