|The beautiful corals in this image are growing in Sally Jo's 6 year-old 55 gallon reef aquarium. The purple, blue, and green coral in the center of the picture is a fast-growing Blue Tip Acropora. This coral is growing on a Reef Plugtm and you can see that it is fully encrusted over the edge of the plug. This coral has been in GARF's collection for four years, and it has morphed into a very fast growing ornamental coral. For the first two years this coral grew only green branches. About two years ago all of the new axial corallites turned bright blue.
The coral that is just behind the Blue Tip in the upper right hand part of the picture is the famous Mike Paletta Blue Acropora. This small branched Acropora always has the most intense blue color, and it has huge fleshy polyps. When we are choosing sps corals for propagation we look for four characteristics that make ornamental Acropora very valuable. These characteristics include bright colors, small branches, polyps that open in the daytime, and a general hardy vigorous growth.
The Acropora to the right of the Mike Paletta Blue has all of these characteristics. We call this coral the green tipped, red hair Acropora for obvious reasons. This Acropora has a beautiful red color, fluffy large polyps that open in the daytime, and it stays relatively small. The beautiful purple Pocillopora in the left lower corner has all these attributes, but most Pocillopora damicornis stay small. Unfortunately Pocillopora this beautifully colored are quite rare. The soft corals above the Pocillopora are a Pink Nephthea and Yellow Polyp Lobophytum.
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