Corky Sea Finger Gorgonian

(12 customer reviews)


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Corky Sea Finger, Briareum asbestinum, also called the “Deadman’s Fingers”. It is an active planktonic feeder and should be fed some sort of micro food on a regular basis.

Corky Sea Fingers are very hardy gorgonian which makes them great beginner corals. Their appear with one or multiple pillars in the wild. You will see them quiet often with one long pillar and a smaller one growing on the side.

Corky Sea Finger’s body is light purple with white polyps in the warmer water of the summer time. The rest of the year, Corky Sea Fingers are beige with beige / yellow polyps (We will add a picture of that very soon). Their fuzzy polyps makes them a great addition to every tank. They can overgrow and kill other corals if placed to close.

The colony can be attached to any substrate using some sort of quick curing epoxy or gel super glue, and the branches can be pruned and attached to other substrates if it gets too big or if you want to make more colonies. Gorgonians are also called “octocorals” and “soft corals”, and are in fact very closely related to stony corals.

We have started to also get frags from colonies in the ocean which means it is possible that you will get a gorgonian on a frag plug. It just depends where I went diving and what was available.

Medium:  around 3 to 8 inches

Large: >8 to 12 inches

Additional information

Weight 0.1 lbs
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in


12 reviews for Corky Sea Finger Gorgonian

  1. trevords123 (verified owner)

    Purchased this gorgonian a year ago and it slowly wasted away over the course of a year with one branch dying around the 6 month mark in one tank and the other just now dying in my other tank while all other corals and gorgonians thrived. Seems to be a fragile coral that doesn’t hold up too well over time in aquariums.

  2. gpcaholt5657 (verified owner)

    Excellent quality, big, and multiple branches. Spectacular looking. Polyps opened immediately after placing into my QT.
    Packaging was top notch. It was hot outside (104 degrees) and I was concerned, but the box was perfectly insulated and carefully packaged.
    Thank you!

  3. hazynmay (verified owner)

    Awesome coral! Expect it to look way more like the second picture. Supper easy to care for and when I ordered one KPaquatics sent me a extra coral for free!! Such a awesome place

  4. (verified owner)

    I’ve ordered this twice- they’re huge, fluffy, and I’m obsessed with them!

  5. photofemme5 (verified owner)

    They are of exceptional quality and sooooo fuzzy! Within 10 minutes the polyps were extended…that is until my seahorses discovered them! I am already in the process of ordering more hitching posts for my ponies. Thank you KPAquatics. You have me hooked!

  6. biz1 (verified owner)

    Love these guys. Ordered a medium but this guy is huge! Polyps came out as soon as it hit the tank. Seems to like bright light and high water movement.

  7. judy (verified owner)

    Reading the description tells me they are only bright white/purple in the summer, and purple/brown the rest of the year AND THAT’S OKAY!! This is the largest most full beautiful corky sea finger I ever could’ve imagined for such a low price!!!!

  8. Leah Szczepanski (verified owner)

    These are awesome although the color of mine is not quite like the picture, more of a pale purple and brown but still nice looking. It opened very quickly and has long, flowy polyps that give a lot of movement.

  9. devaji108 (verified owner)

    1st of all let me start by saying that I was so looking forward to my order from KP aquatics for a very long time. the build was ready and the gorgs are amazing! great company!

    the corky sea finger is quickly becoming one of my fav. corals. it opened up with the 1st 24 hrs. like the review above the gorg. i got is more of a tan/pink/ cram color. its big a bushy and flows with the current.
    if your thinking only one gorg. get this one. if your thinking more then this is a must on the list!

    I have a build thread on reef Central. this tank will focus on gorgs. LPS and softies stop by in see them in a tank and fallow along the progess:

  10. jvcasuso (verified owner)

    Nice size and great price. It began to open almost the moment it went into the tank. Fully opened within 2 days. Appears to be very, very healthy.

  11. Steph30aydenb (verified owner)

    Same experience as person above. Still waiting for it to fully open but it is very neat even when not. Very nice size. Love it!

  12. Marcella (verified owner)

    I am waiting for this to fully open up in all its fuzzy glory. The corky finger is a lavender color when no polyps are open and looks very shiny and smooth very attractive.

    The ones I received yesterday started extending their polyp after a couple of hours. One extended just on the tops and the other sporadically around the body area. I can already tell that when completely opened they will be pretty gorgeous.

    They are really fuzzy looking. The ‘fuzz’ on the ones I received are a pinkish tan rather than the white in the picture. I think it complements the lavender really nicely

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