Coral Guide

Red-polyped Gorgonian   (Swiftia sp.)
Family: Plexauridae (Octocorals)
Habitat: Under overhangs and in caves.
Light: Low   Water Flow: Medium   Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Microplankton capture
Natural History: Swiftia is a very colorful gorgonian with orange stalks and red polyps. They grow in areas of the reef that are deeper and shadowed by other corals or rock structures.
Husbandry: These gorgonians are aposymbiotic - they do not possess zooxanthellate algae. They must be fed microplankton to survive in aquaria. They will become overgrown with algae if even moderate light is offered so they must be kept in a dim aquarium or under overhangs.

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