|There are several stunning ornamental corals in this image. On the right side of this image is a beautiful Acropora abrolhosensis that is in the same group of corals as the Acropora millapora. This group of Acropora have rasp like corallites that are shaped like balconies. This group of corals also has an odd characteristic. Each Polyp has one tentacle that is much longer than the other ones. This long tentacle looks like a blue dot when the polyps are closed, and it extends at least three times as far as the other tentacles. The A. abrolhosensis in this photo illustrates how we force the development of axial corallites and new branches.
Each of the branches of this A. abrolhosensis were trimmed several months ago. Each broken branch developed three to seven new axial corallites. Each of these new branches will grow as fast as all the others. It is easy to see that having ten branches each growing 2 in. in six months will produce many more cuttings than just having the original two branches.
The coral to the left of the A. abrolhosensis is a green and purple Hydnophora. Hydnophora have long sweeping tentacles that extend several inches, and it is important to keep them away from other corals. The GARF Collection contains almost a dozen different distinct strains and species of Hydnophora.
At the bottom of the picture there are two Sally Jo's Bonsai Acropora. These small bodied Acropora always have the most intense purple coloration offset by brilliant green polyps that stay open all day.
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