In the 2012 TV series, algae and worms was the major food staple of Splinter and his turtle sons, before the turtles ventured above ground and discovered pizza and other foods. Michelangelo was "the cook" who prepared this dish for the turtles. Mikey also made a cake out of algae and worms, but wouldn't divulge what the icing was made out of.
Green algae is a plant-like microorganism that grows by photosynthesis. Splinter and the turtles farm their algae in two large water tanks located in the Garage. These tanks are constantly illuminated by large grow lights directly above them.
Both algae and worms are common food items for turtles in nature.
- Rise of the Turtles, Part 1 - The turtles celebrate their fifteenth mutation day with a feast of algae and worms.
- Metalhead Rewired - Donatello gets stuck inside the algae water tank.
- Pizza Face - Michelangelo uses worms as a pizza topping.