Care Level: Moderate
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Lighting: Moderate to High
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Color Form: Black, Green, Orange, Purple, Tan, Yellow
The Purple Ribbon Gorgonian is also called the Sea Whip and Purple Sea Blade. It is a branching coral that is closely related to hard corals and found in shallow waters. The branches are flattened and blade-like with polyps extending along the edges. Gorgonians have a rigid skeletal structure composed of calcite and a hard protein called gorgonin.
The Purple Ribbon Gorgonian is peaceful, but should be given adequate space away from neighboring corals and anemones. It is difficult to maintain, but makes a great addition to a well-established reef aquarium. Medium to high lighting is required combined with high water flow. The Purple Ribbon Gorgonian relies on photosynthesis, but its diet should also include regular feedings of micro-plankton and foods design for filter feeding invertebrates.