The Hair Algae Killer Kit: Protect Your Valuable Corals
Maybe we all lose our breath for a second after seeing that first patch of hair algae. Aside from being really ugly, it can overgrow and smother corals and other small, sessile invertebrates. And, it can be pretty hard to completely get rid of. Could the answer to this problem be as simple as adding the same few basic algivores that naturally keep reefs free of this green pestilence?
On most reef environments, the principle benthic algal grazers are diverse invertebrates of varying sizes. The bulldozers of the reef herbivores are the sea urchins. Many experiments have demonstrated the importance of sea urchins in keeping corals from becoming overgrown. Of course, when it comes to algae-eaters, gastropod mollusks certainly also come to mind. Different types of snail appear to prefer different types of algae; however, some snails, such as Cerithium
sp., really seem to love hair algae. And then there are the copepods--probably the most important algivores on Earth!
For hair algae in captive marine systems, biological control is the best control. The best kind of biological control is the kind that burns your hair algae from both ends! For this, you need a select group of special herbivores and algal competitors. These you will find in the Hair Algae Killer Kit.
This unique package includes an array of captive-bred, hair algae-munching species including:
- The pincushion sea urchin (Lytechinus variegatus).
- The cerith snail (Cerithium sp.).
- Three copepod species (Tigriopus californica, Tisbe biminiensis and Apocyclops panamensis).
- Four phytoplankton species (Nannochloropsis gaditana, Tetraselmis sp., Isochrysis galbana and Thalassiosira weissflogii).
Despite being so effective at eradicating hair algae turfs, the species included in the Hair Algae Killer Kit have additional benefits each of their own. The pin cushion is a beautiful and fascinating display creature. In addition to mowing down your hated hair algae patches, the cerith snails will be happy to also mop up some of your detritus. The pods and phyto
attack hair algae from lower in the food chain. The copepods, as they eat algae, detritus and cyano, grow up to ultimately become a nutritious food source for mandarins, corals, etc. The phyto competes with the hair algae by taking up dissolved nutrients until these nutritious planktonic algae are ultimately consumed by your hungry pods, corals and clams.
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BENEFITS OF AQUACULTURED HAIR ALGAE-EATERS
invertbrates offer a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. For example, when bred and raised under captive conditions, they adjust more easily to aquarium life. They are also much less likely to carry disease. Even more, aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. By purchasing aquacultured hair algae-eaters, you support the preservation of marine ecosystems and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% ALIVE ON ARRIVAL (AOA) GUARANTEE FOR AQUACULTURED FISH AND INVERTS
We guarantee that every item sold in the Hair Algae Killer Kit will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee