Commonly referred to as Turtle Weed and incorrectly as Turtle Grass. Turtle weed will grow on live rock, not in substrate. It requires medium-strong flow, to help other algae/cyano bacteria forming on the leaves. Turtle weed will grow best under medium to strong lighting, in a system with increased nutrients/waste. Chlorodesmis will provide a source of nutrient export, if the aquarist actively harvests it. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of Turtle weed is its ability to act as a refuge for micro-organisms (e.g. amphipods).
The Chlorodesmis genus consists of a 11 species:
- C. baculifera -
- C. caespitosa -
- C. dotyi -
- C. fastigiata -
- C. haterumana -
- C. hildebrandtii -
- C. major -
- C. mexicana -
- C. papenfussii -
- C. sinensis -
- C. torresiensis -
- Maiden's Hair Plant (Chlorodesmis sp.)
- Turtle Weed(Chlorodesmis fastigiata) - Scuba Equipment USA: Marine Species Gallery
- Multiple strategies for a high light existence in a tropical marine macroalga - Photosynthesis Research, Volume 53, Numbers 2-3, September 1997, pp. 149-159(11).
- Numerical classification of the Pacific forms of Chlorodesmis (Chlorophyta) - Australian Journal of Botany 13(3) 489 - 499.