Halymenia is a gorgeous red macro algae that can really brighten up a drab tank, and makes a great centerpiece. It is also known as Dragon's Breath and Red Sea Lettuce. We carry two species of Halymenia under this "product", Halymenia floresia and Halymenia pseudofloresia. Both look very similar, and have similar care requirements. At times we also have Halymenia elongata available, but it is found under the "Top Shelf Red Macroalgae" product listing.
Halymenia has a fleshy texture, much like Ulva but a little thinner. Branches form from the fleshy centered stalk, and the entire macro is semi-translucent. Both of these Halymenia species can grow fairly large reaching a height of 12 inches, and can grow just as wide. Because its leaves branch out in all directions and it can sprawl over a tank, it should be trimmed from time to time. Trimming will also keep the macro from slumping over.
This plant will be eaten by herbivorus fish, and because of its filtering capability, (for a red macro it is excellent at filtering), it should be in your display refugium/sump if you have tangs. This macro does well with 2 -4 watts per gallon, but can handle brighter lighting as well. We have seen great results under 10k colored light, but we recommend full spectrum for all macro algae in general. Moderate circulation will make this macro very attractive as it sways in the current.
Halymenia must be treated with care because it is very delicate and can break when handled. It should be attached to a shell or liverock and then placed carefully into your tank. We ship the largest specimens we can find, they will likely be at least 8 square inches.
This species requires Express Mail and does not qualify for free shipping.