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Chaetomorpha linium

(O.F. Muller) Kützing 1845

Refugium Algae, Chaeto

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Circumtropical

Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow intertidal areas, such as tidepools and backreef areas.

Aquarium Suitability: Often available in the trade. This loosely entangled, wire-like alga, commonly called 'Chaeto' is widely used in the trade for its filtering capabilities, i.e., to help lower nitrates and is usually used in the sump or refugium.


    Kingdom: Plantae

    Phylum: Chlorophyta

    Class: Ulvophyceae

    Order: Cladophorales

    Family: Cladophoraceae

    Genus: Chaetomorpha

FYI: Grows well under 2 - 3 watts per gallon from normal household 5K fluorescent lamps.

 Chaetomorpha linium  (Refugium Algae, Chaeto)
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