Coral Guide

Chile Cactus Coral - Red   (Nephthyigorgia sp.)
Family: Nidaliidae (Octocorals)
Habitat: Low light areas of reefs, in caves or beneath overhangs.
Light: Low   Water Flow: High   Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: The octocorals are generally polytrophic - getting nutrition from zooxanthellae (algae) in their tissues, nutrient uptake from the seawater, and feeding on microplankton.
Natural History: Little is known of the Nephthyigorgia because they are so rarely imported. They form delicate tall branching structures that in some cases resmembles a gorgonian. Their polyps are retractable. Large specimens may reach 10 inches in length.
Husbandry: It has been reported that Chile Cactus Corals benefit from regular microplankton feedings and temperatures as cool as 70F. Strong directed water flow is also reported to stimulate expansion. Flow should be reduced if colors begin to fade.

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