This attractive red algae is highly variable in both color and composition, depending on the species. It features fine, irregular shaped branches, that grow in very compact clumps. The coloration ranges from pale red to dull purple with some iridescence. It is found in fairly shallow water environments and is considered a turf algae. In the aquarium trade, it is commonly introduced attached to imported live rock or coral fragments. Like many turf algae, it can become invasive and quickly overgrow rocks and other plants, especially in reef aquaria. In the aquarium, specimens generally remain small, but mature plants can grow to about 12". Species of Chondria are not known to be palatable to fish. 

Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name: Chondria Sp.

Common Name: Chondria

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Caribbean, S. Pacific

Maximum Height : 12"

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Moderate to High

Temperature: 78-86

Propagation: Fragmentation, Sporulation

Difficulty: Easy

Food Value: Not very palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Good

Flow Rate: Moderate to High

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Red Macro Algae

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