Muriceopsis flavida, also called Rough Sea Plume or Purple Brush Gorgonian. This is a rather common, shallow water gorgonian found throughout the tropical Western Atlantic. Like most shallow water gorgonia, it is photosynthetic, so it will do best in a well-lit tank. It is an active planktonic feeder and should be fed some sort of micro food on a regular basis. Most gorgonian like currents, so keep that in mind when placing them in your tank. Gorgonians are also referred to as octocorals or soft corals, so if you se these terms used in any of my descriptions or anywhere else, you’ll know they are the same thing.
Most of the gorgonian we sell have some sort of base to them, which you can mount onto a rock with super glue or epoxy. I prefer to use epoxy because it is less likely to fall off after a few months, but gel super glue works too. Most gorgonia can be safely pruned if they get too big, and the cuttings will grow and survive if mounted on something stable.
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.
Nano: 2 to 4 inches
Normal: >4 to 8 inches
Large: >8 to 12 inches