Blue/Purple Asterospicularia is a newly-available “soft” octocoral from Indonesia. I purchased this one from LiveAquaria.com. There are two types: branching and the matting (the picture of mine is the matting). These corals look similar to Xenia, but do not have a pulsing action. The above picture is in my tank after two months (purchased 7/23/14 and picture from 9/12/14) and has probably grown by 20 – 25%.
According to Live Aquaria, these are peaceful corals and do best in a well-established tank. It requires moderate lighting (placed about 1/2 to 2/3 down in my tank) with medium flow.
Like many other soft corals, Asterospicularia contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from which it receives the majority of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis. It does not require additional food to maintain its health in the reef aquarium, but benefits from the addition of zooplankton. I tend to feed my corals once every 7 to 10 days.