By Bob Goemans
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Family Spongiodermidae

Diodogorgia nodulifera

(Hargitt & Rogers, 1901)

Orange Tree Gorgonian, Red Tree Gorgonian, Yellow Tree Gorgonian

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

Natural Environment: Inhabits areas under overhangs and caves receiving excellent water flow and usually seen at depths between 30 - 600 feet (10 - 180 m) where it can attain a height of about 12 inches (30 cm).

General Husbandry: This non-photosynthetic species requires a shaded area and daily feedings with plankton-like foodstuffs.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Octocorallia

    Order: Anlcyonacea

    Suborder: Scleraxonia

    Family: Spongiodermidae

    Genus: Diodogorgia

FYI: Shows up in the trade quite frequently because of its colors, but difficult to maintain any length of time!

    Experience Level: Expert

    Diet: Plankton feeder

    Temperament: Peaceful

    Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium

    Coral Safe:Yes

    Fish Safe: Yes

    Invertebrate Safe: Yes

    Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

    Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately difficult

    Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l

    Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l

    Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l

    Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)

    Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l

    Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)

    Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

    Lighting: PAR 50

    Water Movement: WM 2 - 3

    Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

    pH: 8.0 - 8.4

    Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.

 Diodogorgia nodulifera (Orange Tree Gorgonian, Red Tree Gorgonian, Yellow Tree Gorgonian)
Photo © Bob Goemans
Melithaea splendens Subergorgia sp.
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