This macroalgae might be in the early growth mistaken for an unwanted type of hair microalgae, but is actually a very beautiful macroalgae addition for the marine aquarium. It will often grow from a single holdfast and form bright green clumps.
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This macroalga contains a toxic substance to deter fishes from eating it, this might effect as well the growth of close corals.
It will attach itself after a while to rock.
Whitish parts of it should be removed as they are decomposing.
These macroalgae prefer not too high levels of Nitrate and Phosphate and will grow better with the additional supplement of Iron, Magnesium and Trace elements. As it is a calcified macroalga a sufficient Calcium level should be maintained.r.
|Common Name||Maiden's Hair Plant or Turtle Weed|
|Food Value:||Not Palatable|
|Flow Rate:||Medium to High|
|Light:||Moderate to High|
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I have never seen this algae before. It looks really great. I glued it as recommended to a some rock and have it in my sand-bed now. It looks almost like a little lawn :)