Toadstool Algae

(18 customer reviews)

$6.50

Care Level: Beginner

Minimum Tank Requirements: No Minimum

Diet: Photosyntetic

Reef Safe: Yes

Temperament: Peaceful

In stock

Description

Toadstool Algae, Cladophora prolifera, is a hardy, shallow water algae that is suitable for refugiums or reef tanks. The name is something we made up years ago and many of the collectors in the Keys use it, but many also call these “moss balls” or “sea hair.”  Each ball will be about the size of a gulf ball to tangerine and will often have a whole host of little bugs and starfish hiding inside it, all of which would be great additions to a refugium. Please don’t buy the algae just for the starfish or bugs because they move around in our tanks and we can’t promise that they are in your clumb. If conditions are right, the clump will grow onto the substrate and begin to spread out.

Additional information

Weight0.1 lbs
Dimensions1 × 1 × 1 in

18 reviews for Toadstool Algae

  1. rebecca.y.tinsley (verified owner)

    I got a lot of this from my order. More than I expected to be honest. I have it all over one section of my rockscape. Hopefully it’ll start to spread at some point. There are parts that are really nice green. Some small parts are probably dead, but that’s no biggie. I didn’t get any pods as I think they all died before reaching me (I did see a dead one). I did get two peanut worms. I like the look of it and my hermits like picking at it. It’s almost like cows on a pasture.

  2. Simon (verified owner)

    Tons of pods inside! Healthy algae, totally clean, no dead matter.

  3. Michael Phelps

    Only one dime sized miro-brittle and few amphipods were found after I tore the ball to pieces. Bought it primarily to pick up some little stars. Good purchase other wise and if it takes off in my macro tank it will provide a good home to future pod generations.

  4. Jaide Swarthout

    Bought five that were covered in cool hitchhikers, including countless brittle stars and different macroalgae, even a tube worm or snail. That is just on first glance, I’m sure there’s more to come. Great deal and fast shipping, great packaging. Thanks, Sealife, I’ll be back!

  5. Michael Roman

    These are a geatway to add some basement critters to your tank! Get some of these along with live rock and your set.

  6. judy carley

    I feel like i hit the mini-starfish JACKPOT with this 5.oo toadstool algae.. I haven’t seen anything come out of it yet – but in the bottom of the bag were about -8 tiny white brittle stars, a snail, 2 bristle worms, 3 spaghetti worms, and one of the biggest mini stars i have ever seen – white like the others but the body is the size of 3 pencil erasers togethor, and the arms about 2 1/2 -3 inches long..

    NEEDLESS to say – after paying 19.9 elsewhere for 6 micro-mini stars, this was a TREAT! (even if the algae won’t take in my substrate!

    I give it 1,000 thumbs up!

  7. Tyler Matheny

    I ordered 6 of these this time. I got them 2-dayed and although there was a lot dead on it, there was even more still alive and my clean up crew had it cleaned up in no time. Awesome!!

  8. Tyler Matheny

    What can I say besides wow!? I put it in my tank and had about 50 starfish crawl out into my tank. HUGE piece! I will make sure to add one of these to my order everytime!

  9. Sharyn Z Wertz

    I got 3 of these…and probably a minimum of a dozen *visible* microstars of various sizes, plus countless worms. Even got a strand of Halimeda on the last one I ordered. The hermits love picking through these, and the nano star has taken up residence under one. Great, inexpensive way to add some micro-critters to your tank!

  10. Cindy E Dailey

    I counted at least five mini stars in this! Thanks again Ken!

  11. Lance Boudreaux

    Bought 2 hopeing to get some mini stars…So far didn’t see any great for a sump..I put them in my main behind my rocks…

  12. PAMELA HALTON

    HI ELLIOT,
    I HAVE HAD MINE FOR AWHILE, THEY LIKE TO BE IN SAND SUBSTRATE RATHER THEN CRUSHED CORAL. MY PIECE HAS 20-30 LEGS STICKING OUT ALL THE TIME FROM THE SERPENT STARFISH THAT LIVE INSIDE. I ALSO FOUND A TUNICATE WHICH ARE 2 VALVED SIMPLE CREATUES MUCH LIKE YOUR HEART,ONE VALVE TAKES IN AND THE OTHER OUT. KEN IS A GREAT PERSON TO DEAL WITH AND I HAVE PLACED A FEW ORDERS, I LUV THE CARE IN PACKING. LETS KEEP THIS PLANET HEALTHY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS!!! KUDO’S KEN AND GOD BLESS,PAM

  13. Elliott Baer

    I had purchesed this item before, but it didnt last, so I tried again, and It is doing very well! There is such a large amount of small creatures that dwell inside of this algae.

  14. Andrew Piegols

    looked good to start off with but didnt last, maybe needs sand instead of the crushed coral i have now, cause it never grew into it, o well good try, i’ll try again when i get sand again.

  15. Jonathan Baer

    this is an amazing deal! I mostly ordered this plant because of the other reviews on how there are so many critters. And I am NOT dissapointed, it came with several little brittle sea stars and a few little shrimp that scurry around.

  16. jeffrey Doerr

    Very nice it was loaded with little star fish pods and even mysis shrimp!!! love it!!!!

  17. Jessie Bohnenkamp

    Put this in my dwarf seahorse tank…it looks like green lichen you find on trees. VERY pretty and the dwarfs are loving it!

  18. Diana Graves

    Wasn’t sure what this was. Ordered it for my peacock mantis shrimp to add color to his tank. He pulled some apart to add to his burrow, and the rest to plug the other side of his burrow for hiding. This algae must have tons of life in it. Plankton everywhere!

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