Laurencia is a highly variable species with worldwide distribution. It features bright red, rather stiff branches that are connected to long cylindrical uprights. The branches are typically short with pointed tips. Because of the variation in color, branching pattern and texture within each species, it can sometimes be difficult to identify, especially in younger plants. It is native to the reef flat, as well as shallow inter-tidal habitats, growing on rocks, rubble and hard bottom in water 20 ft deep or greater. It frequently grows on other plants as an epithetic algae in sea grass beds and the reef flat. In the aquarium its a relatively undemanding specimen and will grow as long as sufficient light and nutrients are available. Laurencia is a smaller specimen and only grows to about 6" or so. Palatable to most fish and invertebrates.

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Scientific Name: Laurencia Sp.

Common Name: Unknown

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, South Pacific

Maximum Height : 8"

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Moderate

Temperature: 76-80

Propagation: Fragmentation, Sporulation

Difficulty: Easy

Food Value: Very palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Good

Flow Rate: Moderate 

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