By Bob Goemans
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Gelidium pusillum

(Stackhouse) Le Jolis 1863

Red Wire Algae

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Circumtropical

Natural Environment: Inhabits rocky intertidal areas and forms mat-like growths.

Aquarium Suitability: This wiry type turf algae likes bright light, very good water movement, and a nutrient rich environment. Its best to remove this nuisance species on anything that might enter the aquarium, as it may spread and crowd out other desired growths in the aquarium. A difficult species to eradicate once it gets a foothold in the aquarium.


    Kingdom: Plantae

    Phylum: Rhodophyta

    Class: Florideophyceae

    Order: Gelidiales

    Family: Gelidiaceae

    Genus: Gelidium

 Gelidium pusillum (Red Wire Algae)
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