Maiden's Hair
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Chlorodesmis sp.

Maidens Hair Plant

Quick Stats:   Maiden's Hair

Family: Codiaceae
Range: Global
Color Form: Green
Ideal Supplements: Iron, Trace elements
Tank Set-up: Marine
Reef Compatible: Yes
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Water Flow: Medium
Light: Medium
Dominance: Peaceful
Care Level: Moderate


Chlorodesmis is a green filamentous algae whose appearance is similar to thin blades of grass or tufts of hair. Its common names include Maiden's Hair Plant and Turtle Grass. It contains a toxic substance which deters herbivorous fish from eating it.

 
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