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MIX N MATCH Gorgonians Saltwater Marine ECO-FRIENDLY Gorgs FREE SHIPPING!!!

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Purple Feather Gorgonian  8″ Colony on Frag Plug

Description

The Purple Feather Gorgonian, Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata, is also called the “bipinnate sea plume”. Although in the wild there are several different color morphs of this species, we collect only the dark purple/blue ones shown in the picture. These are very attractive gorgonian and generally do well in a reef tank. They come from moderate depths of water but are still photosynthetic, so they will do best in a fairly well lit tank.  As with all gorgonian, they will require regular supplemental feeding with some sort of plankton food, either a homemade mix of small particle foods or a commercially prepared product.

We normally collect around 8 inches.

Live Purple Sea Rod Photosynthetic Gorgonian 8″ Frag

Description

Purple Sea Rod, Plexaura flexuosa, comes in several shades of purple, but we select only the dark purple ones for harvest and sale.  They have thick, smooth branches that become fuzzy purple/brown when the polyps are extended.  Larger ones are available at a higher price, mostly because of the extra shipping cost.  This particular species is a little more difficult to ship and to keep, but if it makes it through the shipping process and the first week in your system, it should do fine for a long time.

Live Purple Ribbon Photosynthetic Gorgonian Frag 8″ Frag

The Purple Ribbon Gorgonian is also referred to as Sea Whip, or Purple Sea Blade. It is a branching coral that is closely related to hard corals and predominately found in shallow waters. Its branches are flattened and blade-like, with polyps extending along the edges. Like other members of this family, it is photosynthetic. It is extremely difficult to identify its exact species unless it is examined under a microscope. Members of the Gorgonians, have rigid skeletal structures composed of a calcite and a hard protein called gorgonin.

The Purple Ribbon Gorgonian is peaceful, but it should be given adequate space away from neighboring corals or anemones. Underwater epoxy is commonly used to anchor its base to a piece of live rock in the reef aquarium. It is difficult to maintain, but makes a rewarding addition to the well-established reef system. It requires medium to high lighting combined with a much stronger water flow than other members of its family. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of iodine, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

It relies on photosynthesis, but its diet should also include regular feedings of micro-plankton, live, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates, in order to survive in the reef aquarium.

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