The Red Finger Gorgonian has deep red branches with darker red or orange raised cups, called calyces, on the surface. White to translucent polyps extend out from these cups The colorful gorgonian Diodogorgia nodulifera is truly a beauty, and distinctly unique. It comes from deeper waters in areas from Southern Florida, the Caribbean and Bahamas down to Columbia. This coral occurs in waters deeper than 75 feet (25 meters), attached to hard-bottom substrates where there is a moderate to strong current. Common names they are known by include Red Finger Sea Rod, Red Finger Coral, Red Tree Gorgonian, Red Deepwater Gorgonian.
The Colorful Sea Rod is not photosynthetic. Due to a lack of zooxanthellae (absorbing nutrients from light), they need a large amount, and steady supply of food. Their deep water habitats have low light and nutrient levels that prevents algae from growing on the gorgonian. Keeping them in a dimly lit area of the aquarium with moderate to strong current provides them the ability to feed and not have algae problems. In dimly lit areas of the aquarium also means the beautiful white polyps will be out to collect any particles of food all the time. Red Finger Gorgonians can be attached to rockwork using underwater epoxy.
Due to their aquarium requirements and dietary needs, they are best kept by advanced aquarists.
Aggressiveness Very peaceful, poses no threat to any other corals or gorgonians.
We recommend a moderate to strong level of water flow.
Coming from deeper water they must be kept in dimly lit areas of your aquarium.
Place anywhere which provides the required water flow and dim lighting level.
Diet and Feeding
Must be fed planktonic type animals/food daily to survive. Provide feedings of Marine Snow, PhytoPlan, and other micro-plankton foods including, live baby brine shrimp, frozen thawed foods broken up into very small pieces, like copepods and other foods eaten by filter feeding corals and invertebrates.