Orange Tree Gorgonian
Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Difficult • Temperament: Peaceful • Waterflow: Strong
• Placement: Bottom • Lighting: Low • Color Form: Orange, Red
• Supplements: Iodine, Calcium, Strontium, Trace elements • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
• Origin: Caribbean • Family: Anthothelidae • Species: Sea Fans
Native Habitat and Species Information
Orange Tree Gorgonian native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
The Orange Tree Gorgonian is also commonly referred to within the aquarium hobby as the Orange Sea Fan or Orange Tree coral. It is either orange or orange/red in color and has loose branches forming a fan shape with large red or orange polyps. The Orange Tree Gorgonian is a very impressive species that will make a great showpiece or centerpiece for any reef aquarium. Like other Sea Fans the Orange Tree Gorgonian is very difficult to keep within the aquarium environment and requires specialized care by expert aquarists in a well established reef aquarium in order to survive and thrive.
How to successfully keep Orange Tree Gorgonian in the home aquarium.
While the Orange Tree Gorgonian is a peaceful species, it should be given adequate space away from neighboring corals or anemones, so that it is not damaged and has room to grow. This species is generally anchored to the reef through the use of underwater epoxy, which can anchor its base to a piece of live rock within the reef aquarium.
The Orange Tree Gorgonian is a very challenging species to maintain, as they require supplemental feeding several times per week. The Orange Tree Gorgonian is not photosynthetic and only requires a low level of lighting to ward off a build-up of micro algae, but it will require a stronger water flow and the addition of iodine, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water to thrive.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Orange Tree Gorgonian.
Because the Orange Tree Gorgonian is not photosynthetic, its survival is dependent on regular and frequent feedings of brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates; such as, marine snow or phytoplankton. Do not allow cyanobacteria to form on the branches, as it will cause both the polyps and tissue of the coral to rapidly deteriorate. The Orange Tree Gorgonian should only be attempted by expert reef aquarist within a well established reef aquarium.
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