Red Finger Gorgonia is though a difficult species to maintain but, gives stunning look to the marine aquarium it inhabits. Its deep red color and white frilly polyps look tremendous when they sway with the water in your aquarium. A must have for the experienced aquarists; Red Finger Gorgonia gives you true value for your money. The article deals with the few aspects of Red Finger Gorgonia. The information may prove quite useful to you vis-à-vis its maintenance in your marine aquarium.
Other names: The scientific name of Red Finger Gorgonia is Gorgonia species. Red Finger Gorgonia is also called as Red Gorgonia, Red Tree Gorgonian, Red Sea Whip, Red Sea Rod, Red Sea Blade and Colorful Sea Rod.
Coral Type: Red Finger Gorgonia is a Hard Coral of Gorgonia type.
Origin or natural range: Red Finger Gorgonia originates in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Size: Red Finger Gorgonia roughly measures three inches to eight inches.
Color: The Gorgonia species occurs in red, yellow, purple and orange color.
Morphology: Red Finger Gorgonia has a branched structure which being very brittle breaks easily. The polyps of Red Finger Gorgonia are large in size. The polyps resemble a lace which is white, yellow or red in color and looks very beautiful when sways with the water current in the aquarium. Red Finger Gorgonia form small colonies.
Compatibility: Red Finger Gorgonia is non-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.
Habit & Habitat: The Gorgonia species is found at a sea depth of sixty feet to hundred feet.
Breeding: Red Finger Gorgonia breeds easily and rapidly in a marine aquarium. Being brittle, Red Finger Gorgonia breaks easily and therefore, its culturing is easy.
Growth environment in your marine aquarium: You must strictly adhere to the following marine aquarium environmental specifications for the Red Finger Gorgonia therein:
- Temperature: The temperature range of Red Finger Gorgonia should be seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity: The specific gravity of water must range between 1.023 and 1.025.
- pH: The pH value of the water in your aquarium should be 8.10 to 8.40.
- Illumination: Red Finger Gorgonia needs low illumination in the marine aquarium it inhabits. Low illumination keeps the micro algae off from Red Finger Gorgonia.
- Water flow in the aquarium: Red Finger Gorgonia should be kept in strong water flow.
- Marine aquarium habit & habitat: Place Red Finger Gorgonia at the bottom of your reef aquarium on a Live Rock. You may use an underwater epoxy to loosely adhere the Gorgonia species to the rock. Give ample space to Red Finger Gorgonia to spread itself fully in your marine aquarium. Keep it away from the other corals and anemones.
- Feeding & Nutrition: Red Finger Gorgonia is non-photosynthetic and therefore, derives its nutrition mainly through filter feeding. Red Finger Gorgonia is carnivorous in its feeding habit and feeds many times a week when open. Red Finger Gorgonia feeds upon baby shrimp brine, acellular marine invertebrates, zooplankton, phytoplankton and meaty bits. Add Strontium, Calcium, Iodine and trace elements in the water as dietary supplements for Red Finger Gorgonia.
- Red Finger Gorgonia is quite difficult to maintain and requires high care.
- To curb the micro algal growth on Red Finger Gorgonia, keep the illumination low in your marine aquarium.
- Exposing Red Finger Coral to open air may be detrimental for its health.