Neptune's Shaving Brush
Reef Tank Suitable, Fish-Only Tank Suitable
The ornamental Shaving Brush Plants are unique macroalgae you'll want in your saltwater aquarium. Don't let the Seussian shapes of these "plants" fool you. Though exotically shaped, the Penicillus species of plants are very adept at helping control excess nutrients in almost any marine or reef aquarium. In fact, just a few of these desirable members of the Bombacaceae family planted in your saltwater system can go a long way towards helping reduce nitrate and phosphate from the water column.
Brush Plants grow in sandy shallow water fields throughout the world. They have a long, tubular stalk with a multitude of long, thin "leaves" growing in a feathered fashion, usually at the tip of the stalk. For the best care, plant them in aquarium substrate in an area that is well illuminated. These Brush Plants are also well suited for refugiums and modified sumps.
Most herbivorous fish and invertebrates will not normally consume this plant, but sea urchins may uproot and consume this species. In addition, the Shaving Brush Plants will benefit from the regular addition of an iron supplement, as well as trace elements.
Notes: Needs to be planted in a deeper substrate, will grow shoots that grow in different areas. Slow growth.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4"