This species of Caulerpa features a thick rhizome, with compact clusters of rounded or flat topped uprights. This particular algae is usually found in low light habitats such as shaded seawalls, under ledges or in very deep water. In the aquarium it is an excellent nutrient consumer, so much so that it must be monitored so that it does not outgrow the available nutrients. It is highly variable in characteristics depending on where it is collected. There are two distinct varieties, although it is unsure if they are separate species. One features smooth round caps, while the other has a more concave shape with thin edges. In shallow water, the uprights grow much taller, more closely resembling Caulerpa Racemosa. Not palatable to fish.

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Scientific Name: Caulerpa Var. Peltata

Common Name: Saucer Algae, Mushroom Algae

Origin: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Caribbean

Depth Collected: 3-200 Feet

Maximum Height : 6"

Growth Rate: Fast

Light: Moderate

Temperature: 72-86

Propagation: Fragmentation, Sporulation

Difficulty: Easy

Food Value: Not very palatable

Nutrient Uptake: Excellent

Flow Rate: Moderate to High

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Green Macro Algae

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