Alyssa's Seahorse Savvy

Grube's Gorgonian-ORA Aquacultured

Sale price Price $59.99 Regular price

This is for a single ORA Aquacultured Grube's

Size: ~1-2 inches

Lighting: moderate to higher light

Water flow: moderate to higher water flow

We are super excited to offer this unique Gorgonian variety. The Grube’s Gorgonian (Pinnigorgia flava) is a Filipino species cultured by ORA. We think they are very unique and exciting as many of the Gorgonians available are Florida Atlantic native species.

Grube’s (pronounced Grooba’s) Gorgonian is a graceful, thin-branched octocoral that can be described as tan to pink in color with similarly colored polyps. ORA obtained this coral from Julian Sprung and we’ve been impressed by its hardiness and rapid growth. It has an extensive history in the Aquarium Hobby which Julian was glad to share with ORA:

“It was originally collected in the Philippines around 1990 by Klaus and Rosalia Grube. From their aquarium in Berlin it has spread all over Europe. So many people have it but don’t know where it came from. I got my colony from the Grubes and grew it for several years into a big bush. I gave a cutting to Peter Wilkens, who took it back to Switzerland and grew it at Wiwi Aquaria. He gave a cutting to Jean Jacques Eckert in France, who still cultivates it in his aquarium. I lost my original colony suddenly about 12 years ago, but was able to get a new cutting from Jean Jacques Eckert during a visit with him for a Récif France conference. I’ve been careful to maintain it now in several tanks. For me this coral is always a reminder of my visit to Berlin where I met Dietrich Stüber and the many wonderful hobbyists there, including Klaus and Rose Grube.”

Many thanks to Julian for introducing this cool gorgonian to the US market and helping us appreciate its extensive history! Frags will be approximately 2 inches and will come attached to a black plastic plug.

It is important to give corals their own space in the aquarium. We recommend giving them at least 2-3+ inches of their own space so they do not sting or irritate other corals. This will also give them room to grow in the aquarium.

This coral variety is peaceful and considered safe with our larger species (not Dwarf seahorses) of seahorses. 

Like our captive bred seahorses, we recommend using RODI water when mixing your saltwater. Corals can be sensitive to improper water quality. We recommend the same water parameters we do for our captive bred seahorses and fish.

Find water parameter chart here: https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/cycling-a-saltwater-aquarium-for-seahorses

Please note: Coral color and appearance varies. Differences in light, glass, water parameters, and many other factors can influence how a coral appears so it may appear different in your aquarium. Many coral species will "close up" during shipping and can take a day or up to a week or more to open. This is normal and expected when you receive them. 

If you have any questions please reach out to us. We are happy to help. Email: alyssa@seahorsesavvy.com. Phone: 410-618-3604.