The yellow sea whip, Pterogorgia citrina, is a very hardy gorgonia found in the shallow waters of the Caribbean and Western Tropical Atlantic. It is an olive green to yellow color with lots of branches.It will do well in any reef tank, but is small enough for a nano tank. This is a fairly common, photosynthetic, shallow water gorgonia (octocoral) found throughout the Caribbean and Florida. The polyps are a light yellow to white color and will usually be extended during feeding and at night, giving the colony a fuzzy appearance. This is one of the hardier gorgonia available and would be a good starter gorgonia if you want to start keeping them in your reef tank. Most gorgonians like currents, so keep that in mind when placing them in your tank.
All of the gorgonians we sell have been kept successfully for many years in all kinds of reef aquariums and have passed the test for being suitable for marine aquaria. They are hardy, attractive, easy to care for, and will feed on must types of foods designed for plankton feeders. Because they are photosynthetic, they will derive much of their nutritional needs from the lighting in your aquarium, so they don’t require large amounts of supplemental food.All of our gorgonia will 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 gorgonians can be safely pruned if they get too big, and the cuttings will grow and survive if mounted on something stable. This particular gorgonian will actually develop new attachment holdfasts on branches that touch non-living things in your tank, so they are easy to prune and propagate.
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 3 inches
Medium: >3 to 6 inches
Large: >6 to 8 inches
The Yellow Sea Whip normally doesn’t grow as tall but grows wider and bushier than most other gorgonians. It is the reason why we have different sizes compared to the other gorgonians.