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Sea Fans

Sea fans are a type of soft coral that is most often found in warm waters and around reefs. They anchor themselves in the ocean sand or mud sometimes quite deep. There are about 500 different species of sea fans found in the oceans of the world. A sea fans size, shape, and appearance are highly correlated with their location. The more fan-shaped and flexible tend to populate shallower areas with strong currents, while the taller, thinner, and stiffer sea fans can be found in deeper, calmer waters. Many species sea fans have a symbiotic relationships with algae to gain access to a more reliable food source. The algae will carry out photosynthesis and the sea fans will get the energy as well as oxygen.

Red Finger Gorgonian
Diodogorgia nodulifera
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Description The Red Tree Gorgonian is an attractive branching tree-like coral, the branches break easily, making it easy to propagate in this way. Other names for the Red Finger Gorgonian is the Red Tree Gorgonian, or Red Sea Rod. This is a very popular gorgonian for Sea Horse aquariums.

Care Level Moderate

Yellow Finger Gorgonian
Diodogorgia nodulifera
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Description The Yellow Tree Gorgonian is an attractive branching tree-like coral, the branches break easily, making it easy to propagate in this way. Other names for the Yellow Finger Gorgonian is the Yellow Tree Gorgonian, or Yellow Sea Rod. This is a very popular gorgonian for Sea Horse aquariums.

Care Level Moderate

Orange Tree Gorgonian
Swiftia exserta
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Description The Orange Tree Gorgonian (Swiftia exserta)is a great addition to the reef tank. Anchoring this gorgonian to a small piece of live rock so that it can stand up in a tank will make positioning it in areas of high water flow much easier

Care Level Moderate

Golden Sea Rod
PseudoplexauraPorosa
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Description :This is one of the easiest gorgonians to keep. The Golden Sea Rod grows in a vertical, tree like formation. Coming from the shallow waters of the Caribbean and Western Tropical Atlantic, the branches are Rusty yellow in appearance and have a bumpy texture when the polyps are not expanded. When the polyps are open they are a beautiful golden yellow.

Care Level Easy

Purple Bottle Brush Gorgonian
Pseudoterogorgia elisabethae
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Description The Purple Bottle Brush Gorgonian is also referred to as Purple Bush, Lamarck's Gorgonian, or Rough Sea Plume. It is a branching coral that is closely related to hard corals. It is beautifully branched, forming feather-like colonies and has a beautiful purple coloration.

Care Level Easy

ORA Aquacultured Grube's Gorgonian
Pinnigorgia flava
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The ORA Aquacultured Grube's Gorgonian, Pinnigorgia flava is a fast growing coral that is a graceful, thin-branched that can be described as tan to pink in color with similarly colored polyps. It is pinnately branched, forming tall, feather-like colonies and has a beautiful coloration.

Care Level Easy

Rusty Gorgonian
Muricea elongate
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Description Rusty Gorgonian also known as Muricea elongate is an attractive, hardy octocoral that thrives in some of the most adverse environments in the Florida Keys. There is quite a bit of natural color variation in this species. Colors go from a rusty, burnt orange color to sometimes be more yellow than orange. As with most shallow water gorgonian, this species is photosynthetic, so it will do best in a well-lit tank. This is a fairly hardy gorgonia and would make a good starter gorgonian.

Care Level Easy


Purple Candleabra
Plexaura flexuosa Picture of Purple Candelabra Sea FanClick Picture for More Information

Description: 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.

Care Level Easy

Corky Sea Finger
Briareum asbestinum
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Description The Corky Sea Finger (Briareum asbestinum), often called the Purple Corky Finger, has a beauty all its own. In the wild it is normally seen in one or more erect, finger-like rods rising from it. When not open the fat fingers are purple with slightly raised calyces that are more of a nub than a tube. Long, grass-like tan to golden polyps extend from the calyces, giving it a striking "furry" appearance. The Corky Sea Finger is durable and very easy to care for, its only requirement is a moderate to strong water flow.

Care Level Easy



Blueberry Sea Fan
Acalycigorgia sp.
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Description: The Blueberry Sea Fan is also referred to as the Blue Gorgonia or Blue Tree coral. Blue is a very unusual coloration for any coral, and this Sea Fan will make a great showpiece or centerpiece to any reef aquarium. The red or orange base color with intense blue polyps differentiates this variety from other sea fans.

Care Level Moderate

Purple Ribbon Gorgonian
Pterogorgia anceps
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Description The Purple Ribbon Gorgonia is also referred to as Purple Sea Blade, or Purple Sea Whip. This particular gorgonian has rows of polyps that extend down the sides of each blade.

Care Level Easy

Purple Frilly Gorgonian
Pseudopterogorgia Bipinnata
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Coming from the shallow waters of the Caribbean and Western Tropical Atlantic, the Purple Frilly Gorgonian grows in a tree-like fashion with feathery looking purple branches. Branches have a bumpy look and feel when the polyps are not expanded. When expanded tan color floral polyps are beautiful against the purple background. A very hardy gorgonian it will add to both the beauty and to your reef aquarium's diversity.

Care Level Easy

Green Lace Sea Fan
Pterogorgia citrina
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Description: The Green Lace Sea Fan, Pterogorgia citrina, also known as the Green Lace Sea Whip, or the Yellow Sea Blade. A very hardy gorgonia found in the shallow waters of the Caribbean and Western Tropical Atlantic. It is an olive green to yellow color with lots of branches. The outer edges are an exciting blue color. They do best in a well-lit tank and fed filter feeding foods. It makes a beautiful addition to a well-established reef aquarium. They do wonders for any type of coral reef aquarium display.

Care Level Moderate

Golden Rod Sea Fan
Diodogorgia Nodulifera
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Description The Golden Rod Sea Fan grows in beautiful fan-like formations. Its branches are deep red or purple colored and covered with beautiful golden yellow polyps. A hard to find, beautiful, finger gorgonian out of the Indo Pacific.

Care Level Moderate




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