Kaloglossa (Caloglossa beccarii) decorative red seaweed
Kaloglossa (Caloglossa beccarii) - one of the rare, but very beautiful red algae, which is often used in the aquarium as an ornamental plant. In appearance, the alga resembles moss, so often kaloglossa is also called red moss.
Appearance and Origin
Kaloglossa, which belongs to the family of Delesseries (Delesseriaceae), has been used by aquarists as a decorative plant since 1990. The color of the leaves can be quite varied (red, burgundy, purple, brown, gray and grayish green). In their form, the leaves are slightly elongated lanceolate plates, on which are filiform, similar to the formation roots (rhizoids), which serve to attach the alga to the substrate. Kaloglossa, like any moss, forms small clusters in the form of lumps, and is also easily attached to various surfaces (in the aquarium, it can be stones, various decorations, driftwood and even plants).
Under natural conditions, Kaloglossa grows in warm reservoirs. Algae prefers mostly fresh water, but can also live in the seas. The most frequent places where you can find this alga in the wild are mangrove snags. Therefore, someone who was not familiar with Kaloglossa before, will surely confuse her with red moss. What is most interesting, the closest relative of Kaloglossa (Caloglossa beccarii) is anRhodophyta(Red algae).
Content and breeding
In the aquarium, where large fish such as angelfish live, it’s quite difficult to grow Kaloglossa, because the fish like to feast on such algae. Interestingly, many aquarists consider this decorative red algae to be an aquarium parasite. Due to the fact that Kaloglossa is a very fragile plant and has the ability to easily attach to any surface accessible to it, it spreads quite quickly throughout the aquarium. Since algae has a high sensitivity to algaecides, it is enough to treat the places where Kaloglossa started to grow unplanned, with the drug and after a few days it will not be there.
Decorative red seaweed is unpretentious. For its growth in the aquarium, it will be enough to create minimal conditions. Kaloglossa develops well in low light (per 1 liter of water from 0.5 watts). Algae does not like acidic water, so it is necessary to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide supplied to the aquarium. Kaloglossa prefers hard alkaline water. If this is a saltwater aquarium, red seaweed will also feel good in brackish water. For Kaloglossa suitable temperature range from 22 to 28 C.
Other algae that can grow in the neighborhood of Kaloglossa will not suppress its growth. As for the nutrition of decorative red algae, the same fertilizers are sufficient for it as for other aquarium plants.
Aquarists to create a special design often opt for the decorative red seaweed Kalogloss. Of course, its bright color will go well with other green algae. In addition, the great similarity of algae with red moss creates the best effect in combination with various decorations, stones and snags.
Buying Kaloglossa in pet stores is quite difficult, since it recently appeared on the aquarium market. But such decorative red algae will not be difficult to find among lovers who specifically grow Kaloglossa for sale, or in specialized online stores.