Red Asparagus Algae


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Hi there.

I have quite limited experience in saltwater tanks. When I was in my teens (much older now) I had a 20G saltwater tank which lasted for about 5-6 months before it crashed. I had many different fresh water tanks for many years - but I found the experience between fresh water and salt water not even close (salt water was imo much much harder to maintain).


I'm looking to do something a little 'outside the norm' so Im hoping I can get some advice and information.

I would like to grow Red Asparagus Algae for culinary purposes. I understand (from limited research) that this is a very difficult form of Algae to grow. Im not really interested in fish/coral but I will have them as well if I need to in order to develop a proper eco-system (which I suspect is required).

Could anyone tell me if they have experience growing Red Asparagus Algae? I understand it needs to be attached to rocks and have a significant current.

Does anyone know where its possible to get some? Reefcleaners lists it but I contacted them and they dont sell it.

Eventually I would like to try after I have a tank setup and it cycles etc and I feel my research is in a spot where I have some idea of what Im doing.

Thanks in advance for any information.

Ron Reefman

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I didn't find much when I googled it. Can you provide some links to info like a scientific name or resellers?

I saw one post that said it's Indo Pacific and Mediterranean algae which could mean it would need to be imported to have for sale in the US?


New member That seems like a lot of effort, FWIW there are some gracillia and other edible macro algas you can grow while tumbling that would be easier. There was a guy on here a while back that was doing it for profit, supplying regional fancy restaurants with it.

I would not keep coral, especially soft coral, in a tank with anything you would eat. I would worry about the possibility of toxins building up in the water effecting the growth or consumeability of what I am harvesting.

Good luck.


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I think you might mean Asparagopsis Taxiformis. Does this look right: