The Red Octocoral Gorgonian, is a beautiful and brightly colored sea fan and the polyps are quite remarkable, it is also NOT poisonous. The Red Octocoral Gorgo is bright Red-Orange with red calyces and long full fan-like branches. These branches carry small red polyps that open up after it has become comfortable in the aquarium. These polyps are designed to catch plankton. The Red Octocoral Gorgonian should be positioned in a strong flow of water.The Red Octocoral Gorgonian can be floated in the bag for a half an hour, discard any water in the bag, then place the item directly into the tank. Or one can choose to drip acclimate the item.Shipping note: this item is shipped in water only; without any air.