About the Eco-Friendly Purple Knobby Gorgonian:
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Filter Feeder
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Water Flow: Moderate
The Eco-Friendly Purple Knobby Gorgonian is a rare color morph of a very hardy, photosynthetic gorgonian that grows upright branches. The tissue is an ultra purple color while the chocolate colored polyps give it a fuzzy appearance when fully open.
It should not be allowed to come into contact with other gorgonians, corals, or anemones to minimize inter-species aggression. The Purple Knobby Gorgonian can adapt to various lighting and prefer decent water flow.
Eco-Friendly Gorgonians are sustainably produced by collecting small frags from the Caribbean. The frags are attached to plugs where they are grown in a greenhouse until the adult colonies are then fragged and sold for the home aquarium.
A Gorgonian, also known as sea whip or sea fan, is an order soft coral found throughout the oceans of the world, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Gorgonians grow individual tiny polyps form a colonies that are normally erect, flattened, branching, and reminiscent of a fan, while others may be whiplike, bushy, or even encrusting. Each Gorgonian polyp has about eight tentacles, which catch plankton and particulate matter that is consumed through a process called filter feeding. However, some Gorgonians contain algae, or zooxanthellae which allows a symbiotic relationship to exist and assists in giving the Gorgonian nutrition through photosynthesis.