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post #1 of 4 Old 10-04-2007, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Gorgonians? Anyone Have Suggestions?

I was flipping around on a saltwater fish website and found a red and yellow Gorgonian that looked very interesting. I thought that either would look good in my 55 gallon tank that has a royal blue background.

Does anyone have any experience with these and are they simple to mess with? Any advice would be lovely.



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post #2 of 4 Old 10-05-2007, 07:10 PM
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yellow gorg.

Dont do it!!!Ive had good sucess in SW (corals/inverts)And againest better judgement and wet web media(checkit out lots of nays on gorg.)I got a yellow bout 2 mos. ago,all went well,gave it optimum conditions,and now its flesh is cracking.They say most starve in 6mos.So unless u keep a purdy good tank and feel lucky i wouldnt.But ive heard a purple frilly may be a better choice for a gorg.,an i believe theyre photosynthetic.Good luck either way!
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-05-2007, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks cat. I read on one website that they're easy to deal with and on another that they're hard.

I'll err on the better side of judgement on this.


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post #4 of 4 Old 10-11-2007, 12:38 PM
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My husband and I had a yellow and a purple gorg and they were thriving in our 120 reef tank before it crashed during a power outage. The first 2 days everything was still ok, but into the 3rd and 4th day of no electricity (then we were able to borrow a generator) pretty much everything in the tank died.

I wouldn't say they are any more difficult than some of the other specialized corals available. The gorgs need a lot of food, so good water quality is a must, meaning lots of water changes with good filtration. The gorgs need good circulation, but can't be in direct flow of the water, wave type action in the tank works well. If using powerheads, a wide stream vs narrow stream of water flow is preferred. They also need a fair amount of light. We had metal halide along with moonlights on the reef... in our 120 they sat near the bottom in the open and thrived.

Good food choices, alternate between foods, one per day... newly hatched baby brine, zooplankton, coral plankton... and there are others, too. If you soak the live baby brine in Cyclopeze (use the flakes and powder it into the baby brine 1/2 hr before feeding to the tank) it will help even more.

The purple is known to be sturdier, so an easier choice than the yellow, as they are photosynthetic... that is true.
Hope this helps a little.

Dawn Moneyhan
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