Fauchea sp.

This rare species of red macro algae from the Caribbean is very unique. It features flattened individual, saw-tooth like blades that extend from a single axis forming a small clump. The color is a deep red at the base with brilliant blue and green iridescent qualities on the top of each fronds. It's typically collected at shallow depths to about 20 ft attached to hard bottom or sponge by a single holdfast. Individual specimens are solitary and rarely encountered as they blend in with the seafloor and other algae species. It's a small species which only grows to about  6-8" in diameter. It's sometimes difficult to keep in the aquarium long term but will do well once established.

Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name: Fauchea sp.

Common Name: None

Origin: Caribbean, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

Maximum Height : 8"

Growth Rate: Slow

Light: Moderate 

Temperature: 78-84

Propagation: Fragmentation, Sporulation

Difficulty: Advanced

Food Value: Not Palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Poor

Flow Rate: Moderate to High

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