Species of Lobophora are very similar in shape and  composition to Padina and feature smooth, ruffled discs, with coloration ranging from brownish-yellow to mottled green. Depending on the species, it grows in variable depths and environments, from 3 feet to up to 300 feet deep. Unlike Padina, it is not calcified, but has a rubbery or fleshy texture. In the aquarium, they are commonly encountered by the hobbyist attached to imported live rock (although rare) and can grow well given the proper conditions. Due to its ability to grow in deep water and shaded habitats, it does not require a lot of light to successfully keep in the aquarium. Somewhat palatable to fish, but is generally a deep water specimen with little herbivory.



Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name: Lobophora Sp.

Common Name: Lobophora

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, S. Pacific

Depth Collected: 3 - 300 feet

Maximum Height : 10 blade"

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Moderate to Low

Temperature: 78-82

Propagation: Fragmentation, Sporulation

Difficulty: Moderate

Food Value: Somewhat palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Good

Flow Rate: Moderate to Low

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