This soft coral is a member of a group of corals which do not produce calcium carbonate skeletons. Unlike stony corals, soft corals thrive in nutrient-rich waters with less intense light. They are common on the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are found in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Soft corals are popular in the aquarium hobby because they can be easily grown and propogated from cuttings. This helps to preserve corals in the wild.