very popular specimen for the aquarium. Udotea species feature a broad, dark
to light green, fan shaped top that can grow as large as 12"
or more within some species. Some are more rigid than others
depending on the species and others have a scalloped edge. A large
rhizome holds the plant
upright and securely in the substrate. The large base (rhizoids)
can extend several inches below the substrate, where
"shoots" form new plants from the parent colony. When
conditions are favorable in the aquarium, this species will
reproduce rapidly by producing new plants near the base. Like many
of the calcareous algae that grow exclusively in substrate, it
needs a deep sand bed of 4" or more. Calcium supplementation
is required. Not palatable to fish or invertebrates. Individuals
are between 3"-6" tall.
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