So, moving along with my knowledge expedition into c4d, I have compiled this attempt at a timelampse through various tuts and googling. Plugins used: Forester & Octane.
This was my very first attempt at animating anything in 3d in a long long time, and I can honestly say I pretty happy about it. I had an issue finding a coral texture anywhere on the interwebs apart from one guy who sold it in a pack on gumroad for EUR40. I even downloaded Substance Designer and started basic tutoring but it will take some time to get a grasp of it and create something remotely usable, but nonetheless, it put me on a lovely path.