Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Purple Candalabra Gorgonian
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Purple Candalabra Gorgonian
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Purple Candalabra Gorgonian (Eunicea sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Purple, Tan
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Florida Keys
Family Plexauridae
Lighting Moderate
Supplements Calcium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium to Strong
Placement All
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Overview

The Purple Candelabra Gorgonian is a gorgeous photosynthetic gorgonian coral boasting a lovely purple coloration and a striking architectural form. Sleek upright branches of the Purple Candelabra Gorgonian develop into its namesake candelabra-like shape for an incredible presentation in your reef aquarium landscape.

The Purple Candelabra 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 more challenging to maintain this species as it requires supplemental feedings several times per week. This gorgonian is photosynthetic and requires a moderate amount of light achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides depending on the amount of filter feeding food that is available.

In order to inhibit nuisance algae and cyanobacteria growth on the Purple Candelabra Gorgonian, it is important that you provide medium to strong water flow (constant or intermittent). Remove any nuisance algae or cyanobacteria immediately as this will cause rapid tissue deterioration if it begins to cover the Purple Candelabra Gorgonian. Algae can be removed gently with the use of a soft brush. Combat cyanobacteria by soaking the coral in fresh water of the same temperature for approximately one minute. The Purple Candelabra Gorgonian will also benefit from the addition of iodine, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

The Purple Candelabra Gorgonian should be fed a few times a week with a filter feeding food. Provide a varied diet of live or frozen baby brine shrimp, Marine Snow, PhytoPlan and other suitable micro foods.

Approximate size: Small: 1" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 7"; Large 7" to 10"

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