Purple Brush Gorgonia is a good choice for intermediate level marine aquarium experts and onwards. Purple Brush Gorgonia should ideally be introduced in a reef aquarium that is already set up than the one still in the process of setting up. Purple Brush Gorgonia looks very beautiful with its unique purple shade and enhances your marine aquarium’s visual appeal by many times. The ensuing discussion briefs you about some interesting aspects of Purple Brush Gorgonia that may catalyze its growth in your marine aquarium.
Taxonomy: Purple Brush Gorgonia belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Order Alcyonacea, Family Gorgoniidae and Genus Gorgonia.
Other names: The scientific name of Purple Brush Gorgonia is Gorgonia species. Purple Brush Gorgonia is also commonly known as Feather Gorgonian, Purple Bush, Rough Sea Plume, Gorgonia, Sea Rod, Sea Whip, Sea Blade and Lamarck’s Gorgonian.
Coral Type: Purple Brush Gorgonia is a Hard Coral of Gorgonia type.
Origin or natural range: Purple Brush Gorgonia originates from the Florida Keys, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Size: Purple Brush Gorgonia may have varying sizes owing to its growth, its width and its spread. Still, its size is approximately moderate as compared to the other marine aquarium invertebrates.
Color: Purple Brush Gorgonia occurs in tan, gray, yellow, brown, purple and lavender colors.
Morphology: Purple Brush Gorgonia has a pinnately branched and tall structure. The Gorgonia species forms large colonies that look feathery. Purple Brush Gorgonia gains an irregular structure when the polyps are closed.
Compatibility: The Gorgonia species is semi-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.
Habit & Habitat: Purple Brush Gorgonia is nocturnal in nature and opens fully at night.
Growth environment in your marine aquarium:
- Temperature: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH: 8.10 to 8.40.
- Illumination: Purple Brush Gorgonia requires moderate to strong lighting in the marine aquarium it inhabits.
- Water flow in the aquarium: To prevent any algal or cyanobacterial growth on the Purple Brush Gorgonia, expose it to medium to strong water current that may be constant or intermittent.
- Marine aquarium habit & habitat: You can place Purple Brush Gorgonia anywhere in your marine aquarium, loosely attached on a Live Rock with the help of an underwater epoxy. Purple Brush Gorgonia grows speedily. Therefore, provide ample space in your marine aquarium for its complete spread.
- Feeding & Nutrition: Purple Brush Gorgonia derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is performed by, zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within Purple Brush Gorgonia. Purple Brush Gorgonia, however, is also Carnivorous in its feeding habit. It filter feeds, many times per week when open, upon acellular marine invertebrates, phytoplankton, zooplankton and meaty bits. Add Iodine, Calcium, Strontium and trace elements in the aquarium water as dietary supplements for Purple Brush Gorgonia.
- Purple Brush Gorgonia requires moderate care.
- Provide enough space to Purple Brush Gorgonia to spread itself fully in your marine aquarium as it grows rapidly. Keep the other corals or anemones in your marine aquarium, away from Purple Brush Gorgonia.
- Exposing Purple Brush Gorgonia to air may be detrimental for it.
- Keep Purple Brush Gorgonia in medium to strong water current to curb any algal or cyanobacterial growth on it. If despite that you notice the microbial growth, remove the Purple Brush Gorgonia from the coral immediately to curb any tissue deterioration. Then, dip the coral in fresh water for a minute and clean it gently with a soft brush.