Tan Rod Gorgonian / Rusty Gorgonian
Here's another gorgonian with a variety of names: Tan Rod Gorgonian, Rusty Gorgonian and Golden Sea Rod are some of the top ones. The Rusty Gorgonian is a photosynthetic octocoral. These are found in the Florida Keys where we source our gorgonians from for Foxy Saltwater Tropicals. They have a tree like appearance and grow in a vertical column. The branch colors range from tan, to golden yellow, to a rusty brown, hence all the name variations. The polyps covering the branches give the look of a bump appearance and white colored.
The tan rod gorgonian is rather hardy and a perfect coral for the beginner saltwater aquarist. It also has a peaceful temperament and requires moderate care to maintain. While it is photosynthetic, we do recommend feeding your gorgonian several times a week to help keep it healthy. Also make sure you give it space in your aquarium to grow.
Care and Maintenance of Rusty Gorgonians:
- Lighting: Moderate lighting is best.
- Water Flow: Medium to strong water flow.
- Water Temperature: Water temperature needs to be cool. 72 - 78˚F.
- Feeding: For optimal health, we recommend feeding them several times a week with plankton or invertebrate food.
- Algae: Algae will harm your sea rod; stay on top of your tank maintenance and you should be fine. If your gorgonian becomes covered in algae, remove it from the tank and use a very soft brush to remove the algae.
- Supplements: Trace elements, iodine, strontium and calcium are highly recommended.
- Reproduction: They can be pruned and propagated.