The Purple Feather Gorgonian, Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata, is also called the “bipinnate sea plume”. Although in the wild there are several different color morphs of this species, we collect only the dark purple/blue ones shown in the picture. These are very attractive gorgonian and generally do well in a reef tank. They come from moderate depths of water but are still photosynthetic, so they will do best in a fairly well lit tank. As with all gorgonian, they will require regular supplemental feeding with some sort of plankton food, either a homemade mix of small particle foods or a commercially prepared product.
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: 4 to 8 inches
Large: 8 to 12 inches