Red Bamboo is a gorgeous ornamental marcoalgae sure to introduce uncommon beauty, coloration, and structure to your marine aquarium. Demonstrating a deep burgundy red coloration, Red Bamboo immediately injects fantastic visual interest to the aquarium landscape. Red Bamboo produces fleshy succulent “stems” that gives it an interesting architectural form. As such, this attractive ornamental algae makes a great choice for most nano reef aquariums, refugium or seahorse systems. However, if growing the Red Bamboo for display purposes, it may not be suitable in systems housing large herbivorous fish and invertebrates as they will delight in dining on the Red Bamboo.
Though relatively easy to care for, Red Bamboo is not a particularly fast growing macroalgae. For this reason, the Red Bamboo may not be an ideal candidate for natural filtration and nutrient export. The Red Bamboo prefers low to moderate light conditions with medium waterflow and anchors itself onto rock and coarse substrates via root-like structures called holdfasts. For optimum coloration and growth, provide your Red Bamboo with liquid supplements including iron, magnesium, iodine, and trace elements. High levels of phosphates or nitrates will inhibit the growth of the Red Bamboo.
Macroalgae offer many benefits to marine aquariums including providing a natural and nutritious food source for aquarium herbivores. Macroalgae cultivated in refugiums and "algae scrubbers" provide natural filtration that absorb excess nutrients, such as nitrates and phosphates. In addition, macroalgae provides ideal habitat for small shrimp and other microfauna to help support biodiversity. Finally, macroalgae can be used simply for ornamental purposes to add beauty and diversity to marine aquariums.
Approximate size: Medium: 2" or Larger