Macroalgae Acclimation | Product Usage | AlgaeBarn Help

How do I Acclimate my Macroalgae?

The first thing you might be wondering is, "should I acclimate my macroalgae?".  To which the answer is...Absolutely, you should! While macroalgae doesn't experience all the same types of stress that fish or invertebrates do during shipping, they can and do experience stress of which may be sufficiently harmful enough as to cause portions of the algal mass to die. Particularly with a newly established patch, a few dead, rotting pieces can adversely affect neighboring pieces of algae (bad apple effect!). Therefore, it's important to ease the algae into its new growing space.

The main causes of stress for macroalgae are:
  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Light shock
All of these stressors can be avoided with the following instructions:
  • When your algae first arrives, simply make a couple of small openings in the package and allow the seaweed to breathe a little. This will allow for slow, gentle gas exchange. As carbon dioxide levels drop back closer to normal, the pH value will gradually increase.
  • Warm/cool the package as necessary to match the aquarium temperature. After approximately 15 minutes, it will be all right to fully open the bag and pour the contents out through a net. The wastewater is discarded. As an option, one might perform a quick rinse (again through the net) using aquarium system water. This water should also be discarded. The macro can then be tossed directly into the tank!
  • Leave the lights off for the remainder of the first day. This lessens metabolic pressure on the plants while they adjust to their new environment. If possible, it will also be advantageous to dim the lights over the new plant mass the following day.

Because all of the macroalgae we offer has already been inspected/pretreated to remove potential pest organisms, you can spend more time with your fish!

    • Related Articles

    • How do I Acclimate My Captive Bred Fish?

      Relocating to a new aquarium home is a particularly stressful time in the life of any kind of captive-bred fish. Like all aquatic animals, fish are shocked by rapid changes in water temperature or chemistry. Add to this the fact that fish take on a ...
    • How do I Acclimate My Captive Bred Invertebrates?

      Aquarists like to broadly divide classes of aquarium livestock into two big groups, the fishes and the invertebrates. The second group is a huge catch-all, as it includes all non-fish livestock ranging from sponges to crabs. Though invertebrates are ...
    • How do I Acclimate my Copepods?

      Particularly for animals that live in water, jumping from one environment to another--even if quite similar physically and chemically--can present serious stress. Yes, “pods” (copepods, amphipods, etc.), are known to be incredibly resilient and ...
    • What is the Best Macroalgae for a Refugium?

      If you’ve decided to install a refugium in your reef aquarium system, you may have just made the best decision you’ll ever make as an aquarist. But now you have another important decision to make: What kind of macroalgae to keep in it? Which ...
    • Why is my Macroalgae not Growing?

      In some instances, other algae can reduce the growth rate of macros. This is due to competition. Suppose you have everything in your system just right for algae growth—a virtual algae paradise. Suppose also that there are other, less desirable forms ...