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 70°F. Strong directed water flow is also reported to stimulate expansion. Flow should be reduced if colors begin to fade.
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