Knobby Sea Rod Gorgonian
Scientific Name: Eunicea sp
Reef Compatibility: Reef Safe
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal or more
Max Size: Up to 10" in height
Food/Feeding: Photosynthetic, does best when fed phytoplankton as well.
Notes: This is a particularly hardy species that does especially well in most reef tanks. The tan brown color of the body of the colony gives way to a deep chocolaty brown color when the polyps are extended, and the whole colony becomes fat and fuzzy. The individual polyps themselves are really big and it?s a cool gorgonia to look at when it?s opened up.
As with most shallow water gorgonia, all the species in this genus are photosynthetic, so good lighting is recommended to keep it in optimal health.
The colony will do best if mounted onto a rock in your tank so that they don?t fall over and rub against things. If in the event that it does begin to become covered with algae or cyanobacteria, remove it from the coral immediately, as this will cause rapid tissue deterioration. Algae can be removed gently with the use of a soft brush; combat cyanobacteria by soaking the coral in freshwater of the same temperature for approximately 1 minute. These corals will also benefit from the addition of iodine, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.