A lightly calcified species of of green macro algae that is found as small clusters or single solitary specimens. It features dark green, finger-like uprights, that are spongy and fuzzy at the top. This particular algae makes its appearance in the hobby on collected live rock from both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. It grows in fairly shallow water as it is delicate and prefers less current, often attaching to mangrove roots and shell fragments in protected waters. It does fairly well in the aquarium, but its growth rate is minimal so the efficiency of nutrient uptake is limited. Somewhat palatable, but usually left alone. Calcium supplementation is recommended to maintain this specimen in the aquarium.

Photo By John Lowther  

Neomeris Annualta

Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name: Neomeris Annulata

Common Name:  Finger Algae

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Caribbean

Depth Collected: 1 - 30 Feet

Maximum Height : 4"

Growth Rate: Slow

Light: Moderate

Temperature: 78-86

Propagation: Fragmentation, sporulation

Difficulty: Moderate

Food Value: Somewhat palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Fair

Flow Rate: Low

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Green Macro Algae

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