Purple Frilly Gorgonian
Purple Frilly Gorgonian are also sometimes called Purple Plume. This sea fan has irregular branches of varying sizes and tends to grow in a more horizontal than vertical direction and in a single plane. With the branches extended they have a feather like plume appearance. We collect Purple Frilly Gorgonians from off the coast of the Florida Keys and they are typically found in offshore reefs. They require a moderate level of skill to maintain in a reef aquarium. You'll be please with the natural movement of this marine coral.
We recommend giving them some space in your aquarium as they can be semi-aggressive. So make sure you find a spot where they have some room to flow along with the water current.
Caring For Your Purple Filly Gorgonian Coral:
- Like other gorgonians, you need to keep a moderate to high water flow in order to prevent algae from growing on your sea fan. Cyanobacteria can develop and cause quick deterioration in your gorgonian's health.
- As these are photosynthetic corals you should be prepared to provide moderate to high lighting.
- Water temperature should be maintained between 74°F- 82°F.
- Weekly food supplements should be included in their diet. Flaked fish food and brine shrimp are good options.