Sea fans like the Purple Candelabra create a beautiful display of height and motion in the home reef aquarium. They are easily maintained and propagated, making them an ideal choice for the dedicated hobbyist. There is quite a bit of natural color variation in this species. Colors go from a purple, blue grey color to sometimes burgandy. As with most shallow water gorgonian, this species is photosynthetic, so it will do best in a well-lit tank. Supplemental feeding with plankton, some sort of commercial invertebrate food, or your own mix of food will be necessary in order to maintain optimum health.
The Purple Candelabra is good for a dedicated beginner, its fairly hardy, as long as it is fed, has good light, and the water is kept clean and stable.
Aggressiveness Very peaceful, poses no threat to any other corals or gorgonians. However, other gorgonians can over take it, so they will need to be kept at a distance. Adequate space should be provided between them and other corals that can extend sweeper tentacles as well.
Requires a moderate to high level of water flow.
Does best in a well lit tank. It has been shown that lighting that has 350 to 550 nm , which is the blue phase, is the most beneficial.
Place anywhere which provides the required water flow and lighting level.
Diet and Feeding
An Omnivore - The Purple Candleabra in the wild captures planktonic organisms and microscopic food particles from the water column, and can absorb dissolved organic matter. Unlike a lot of other Gorgonians, the Purple Candleabra has a symbiotic relationship with a marine algae known as zooxanthellae, where they receive a portion of their nutrients from.
In captivity, the Purple Candleabra can be fed enriched Artemia nauplii, rotifers, dust-sized pellet food, copepods, daphnia, and other similar sized foods. Marine Snow is also a good food source. Stirring the substrate to suspend edible particulates is helpful, along with the presence of fish which can also help nourish it. Feed every other day depending on appearance.