Where can I find sea fans?

Sea fans are found in the shallow waters of all oceans, but they are especially abundant along the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Bermuda, and the West Indies. Purple sea fan.

What does a sea fan do?

Feeding. Sea fans use their polyps to trap small food particles, such as phytoplankton and bacteria. The sea fan usually grows so that it is best oriented for the prevailing water current to flow over the polyps for food to be easily trapped.

Are sea fans hard to keep?

Don’t Let Your Sea Fans (Gorgonians) be stung! Photosynthetic gorgonians are fairly easy to keep, but many corals can sting and damage the tissue of the Sea fan (Gorgonian). So make sure you keep them at a distance from other corals to prevent stinging.

Can you spray paint sea fans?

You can use primer, spray paint, or acrylic paint. Whatever you have on hand is fine. Paint both the front and back of the sea fan and allow to dry well.

Are sea fans hard corals?

Sea Fans are similar to soft corals, however, they anchor themselves in mud or sand instead of attaching themselves to hard substrates. Some Sea Fans require up to 8 inches of sand. Most Sea Fans are nocturnal, only extending their polyps during the nighttime hours.

What does a sea fan look like?

The sea fans are easily identified for their fan-shape appearance. The basic shape of a Common Sea Fan is the common slender base that branches out to a single, flat plane layer. Sea fans can either be solitary or colonial.

Are sea fans endangered?

Not extinctAlcyonacea / Extinction status

How fast do sea fans grow?

They seem to be very healthy with polyp extension and good color but they have only grown 1/8 of an inch in 6 months. Other reef keepers have had the same experience. In the wild, these sea fans grow very fast. However, in captivity they grow very slowly.

What color are sea fans?

More than a million microscopic alga called zooxanthellae are found in a square centimeter of coral tissue. The alga makes food for the coral through the process of photosynthesis and it generates the coral’s color. This is why sea fans appear in shades of purple, red, yellow, or orange (Targett, 2007-08).