Macro Algae : Frequently Asked Questions On Marine Plant Orders ecosystems


I just placed an order, when will it ship?

We ship Mon - Wed and are closed on all postal holidays. All orders received after Tuesday at 10:00 am EST will ship the following week. If we are out of stock on a particular item we will notify you via email and allow you to choose either a refund or to substitute for something else.

Do you ship to other countries?

No, we only ship within the United States, which includes Hawaii & Puerto Rico.

I just received my order, what should I do?

Open the shipping box and allow the items to acclimate to room temperature. We recommend placing everything in  a quarantine tank or small container and slowly add some water from your aquarium. Inspect the contents of each bag to ensure that the algae, invertebrates and or corals are healthy before adding them to the aquarium.

There are strange things attached to the plants and algae.

Many species of macroalgae  are shipped with some hitch hikers, so make sure you carefully examine everything before adding to any aquarium or refugium. White or orange blobs are typically tunicates, sponges and sea squirts and are quite harmless, as they are readily eaten by many fish and invertebrates. They're also can be small crabs, starfish and shrimp present on the algae.

There is a strong smell coming from the bags and box.

There is typically a mild sea smell after opening the styrofoam lid. This is normal as many species of marine algae have a distinctive odor. Also, In some cases there are some critters that might not have survived the journey, which is why it's important to sort out the contents prior to adding them to your aquarium. 

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