Red Grape Kelp

This Red Grape Kelp is very similar in appearance to the more common plant, Caulerpa. Although they are similar, this species is not at all related, and is a beautiful red coloration. This plant develops many branches that carry numerous small grape-like leaves. It will grow relatively fast under the right conditions, but is a favorite food for herbivores.

The proper environment for Grape Kelp is an aquarium with plenty of live rock, and has moderate to high illumination. Protection must be provided for this species against predation from herbivorous fish, as this is one of their favorite meals. This is a wonderful plant to cultivate in a fishless refugium. It also makes a great supplementary food for herbivorous fish, and can be added to the main aquarium when trimmed. It will not tolerate inferior water conditions.

Quick Stats:
Care Level: Moderate
Lighting: Moderate to High
Waterflow: Medium
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Color Form: Red
Supplements: Calcium, Iron, Trace Elements
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Grateloupiaceae

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