When thinking of saltwater aquarium plants many people think about the Halimeda. This macroalgae can be found in every salt water body around the world ebbing with the tide in tropical regions.

It is believed that Halimeda originated in the saltwater reefs of Hawaii and / or the Caribbean regions.

The Halimeda is widely used in the saltwater aquarium plants community not only in the United States; but also internationally among saltwater plant enthusiasts.

The green leaved Halimeda is a saltwater aquarium plant that is attached like a chain link and is also known as the “money plant”. The look of the Halimeda is that of each coin (leaf) being attached as if glued together end to end in a winding row.

One of the great features of halimeda is a saltwater aquarium is that this plant is not a favorite food source for most reef aquarium plants. Conversely, pruning halimeda is not good for the plant at all.

In turn, it is totally safe to place coral, invertebrates, such very close by in the tank. Halimeda are not invasive, so they are not a speciel threat to these other saltwater aquarium reef tank inhabitants.

Halimeda have a much lower tolerance to nitrate and phosphate. This could be counter intuitive for some enthusiasts who are used to working with algae that can thrive in much higher levels of both nitrate and phosphate.

Halimeda grows best with high concentrations of calcium. Halimeda take the calcium and store the mineral within the plants tissue. A small amount of iron in the environment is very beneficial, although less crucial.

Placing the Halimeda plant in water that is a pH of 8.1 -8.4 and between 72 -78 F that is in a very well lit area within the saltwater aquarium will add sustainable variety to the look of your in home aquarium.

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Posted in Articles, Plants on October 26, 2009.

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