Before placing my previous coral order I had expressed an interest in purchasing a frag of a different gorgonian from a fellow reefer. Unfortunately I was a little too slow off the mark and the frag sold to someone else. The very next day I discovered the purple gorgonian online so I ordered that instead but before it had even been delivered the kindly reefer contacted me and asked if I still wanted a frag of his gorgonian. He could take a small cutting just for me, naturally I said yes, I can always find a spot for something small lol. In addition he also offered to take a frag of his Chilli coral which was another species I'd always wanted to keep and had been searching for.
Here is the gorgonian settling in on the frag rack, 3 days after delivery. I'm not sure of the species, it could possibly be Leptogorgia chilensis.
Here it is fixed in position with the Coco worm for size reference behind.
It seems to be doing OK so far, the polyps are extended for most of the day but I am yet to notice any growth or encrustation at the base. Here it is again 11 days later (you can see the Coco worm has been busy at the back).
As for the Chilli coral, Nephthyigorgia sp. It's not much to look at when closed up but is really lovely when the polyps extend, here is how it looked after introduction with some hermit crabs giving it the once over.
These corals are non photosynthetic and need to be kept out of the light, hanging upside down in caves. I chose the best spot I had available, semi shaded but still able to be viewed. Hanging any coral upside down is not the easiest thing to accomplish. I had to use a fair bit of putty and it's not an attractive look but hopefully it will be hidden by coralline algae eventually. Thank fully the coral hasn't fallen down... yet!
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!