C. Paspaloides features palm shaped fronds that extend upward in clusters to form a symmetrical tip. Fast growing and very hardy in the marine aquarium. This particular species does not often pollute the aquarium as other Caulerpa do, which makes it a valuable addition for nutrient control. Under intense lighting it forms tight, dark green filaments that have a triangular appearance. Under most aquarium conditions however, the growth is much different and resembles individual feather shaped fronds with a light green appearance. A thick rhizome securely anchors the plant in mud and shallow turbulent environments. Because of its fine filaments it can accumulate sediment and diatom growth so it should be pruned from time to time. Simply pinching the rhizome and breaking off individual pieces is recommended.

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Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name: Caulerpa Paspaloides

Common Name: Palm Tree Algae

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Caribbean

Depth Collected: 5 -10 Feet

Maximum Height : 12"

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Moderate

Temperature: 78-86

Propagation: Fragmentation, sporulation

Difficulty: Easy

Food Value: Somewhat palatable.

Nutrient Uptake: Excellent

Flow Rate: Low to Moderate

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