Limited Edition
Elegance Coral
Catalaphyllia jardinei

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei Reeffarmers Seed Colony. This completely captive grown Elegance Coral
seed section is extremely hardy and extends fully. The coral has solid bright pink tentacle tips with a whitish
bluish partial pigmentation found along the tantacle arms. The center polyp section of the coral has intense
green fluorescent pigmentation. This is one of the most colorful Elegance corals we have seen in captivity.
Image Copyright © 2007 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

Propagating an Elegance Coral ? Surely Reeffarmers has lost its mind. Believe it or not this Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei has been maintained within captivity since 1988 (22 years as of the spring of 2010). We have Gary and Linda Louie to thank for maintaining this captive coral for about 2 decades. What makes this situation even more incredible is that the captive reef market has not been able to import and maintain Elegance Corals from certain areas. A disease pathogen is suspected with the current captive care problems. The Louie's Elegance Coral does not have this current problem and has even been propagated for the past few years.

Reeffarmers was able to get in contact with the Louie's through Shu Tin of Monterey California. Shu Tin has grown a large Elegance colony from one of the early captive fragments that Linda Louie propagated. The coral was initially purchased by Gary Louie from the Oakland California Reef Store Lucky Goldfish. The owner Hunter Wong has also acquired an early fragment of this coral from the Louie's and he is propagating and distributing fragments.

The very first 2 fragments of this coral was distributed by Linda Louie to GARF of Boise Idaho and also the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. Linda states that the coral prefers moderate and intermittant flow along with moderate light levels. The parent colony is currently being maintained 10 inches under a 250 watt 14K metal halide. The Louie's Elegance Coral should not be placed in any reef that also houses a recently imported Elegance Coral because the suspected disease organism causing problems for recent imports can also transfer to this captive species. As long as this is the only Elegance Coral within your reef it will expand and grow very fast. Growth rates can be enhanced by feeding the coral small pieces or fish or crustacean meat.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of the Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei for in an 80 gallon naturally filtered Bi-Zonal Fragment Growout Reef Aquarium. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to receive moderate light under a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. The price is currently $90 per small sized fragment with at least 2 corallite mouths.

Please note Reeffarmers is no longer taking new reservations for new corals. The current economic conditions are not supportive for reservations that extend for a few years into the future. After this first edition is distributed, we will sell future captive produced fragments on either our Buy It Now page or via another silent auction. We will still list exotic corals as Limited Editions and will continue to build web pages for them.

The making of the Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei First Edition fragment. This sequence demonstrates the process
Reeffarmers utilized to make our first fragment. Upper left image shows the original seed section and the large diamond dust
blade we utilized on our dremel. Upper right image shows the two sections after the dremel cut. The skeleton was very easy
to cut through. The center left image shows how a razor blade was utilized to completely cut the tissue between these two
coral sections. The center right image shows the first edition fragment where the cut was made. The lower left image shows
the first edition fragment mounted onto a rock base. The lower right image shows the first edition fragment and the seed
section just a few hours after the fragments were separated. The corals had their tentacles extended as if nothing had happened.
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Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei actual First Edition fragment. Image taken 20 days
after the fragment was cut away from the seed colony. Fragments from this Elegance are
very hardy and this fragment was fully extended the day after the fragment was created.
Image Copyright © 2007 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

Reeffarmers is distributing 4 captive grown fragments of this Elegance Coral during the year 2009. The first edition fragment of this Reeffarmers coral was distributed to Joel Freedman of Los Angeles. The actual making of that first edition fragment is imaged above. Joel has experienced phenomenal growth during the 1 1/2 years that this coral has been maintained within his captive reef (see below image). We recently cut his colony in half and Reeffarmers will be distributing via auction 3 captive grown fragments harvested from the half section of the colony. These corals are being distributed through Reeffarmers for Joel Freedman. Their auctions have been scheduled below. Here are some details describing Joel Freedmans reef system. [120 Gallon Tank 4x2x2] [2-250 watt Reeflux 10K SE Bulbs] [Main circulation through refugium 2,400 g/h] [2-Vortec Pumps] [Kalkwasser Reactor with 2 Little Fishes Kalkwasser] [Calcium Reactor with Special Media] [Protein Skimmer] [Carbon Reactor] [GFO Reactor] [Chiller] [Salinity 1.025] [Reef Crystals Salt] [RODI Water] [dKH 9.3] [Ca 410] [Mg 1,350] [pH 8.1-8.2] [Kalkwasser and Calcium Reactors Heavily Regulated] [Very stable dKH, Ca and pH] [3 Tangs 2 Clowns 4 Wrasses] [FishFed Frozen Mysis, Enhanced Brine Shrimp and/or Prime Reef] [Elegance Coral NOT Target Fed] [Occasional ArcticPods and Phyto-Feast] [Elegance placed on Bottom in Corner]

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei colony grown from the Reeffarmers First Edition fragment.
This colony was grown from the above first edition seed within 1 1/2 years. Amazing growth rate.
Image Copyright © 2009 by Joel Freedman All Rights Reserved.

This is just half of the first edition Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei colony grown from the Reeffarmers First Edition fragment.
The colony was just cut in half and this is the half that Reeffarmers is distributing for Joel Freedman.
Note - the rock this half colony is attached onto. It is the same rock imaged above when the first edition fragment was first mounted.
Image Copyright © 2009 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei September 2010 Silent Auction Sold
Bid Amount
Name of Bidder
$ 90.00
Jared Butler Winning Bid !

For this silent auction, bidders are required to give their full name and their winning bid along with an optional maximum bid. We will accept these bids via phone 909-989-9711. If no one is there leave a message. We also accept bids via email to . Email bids will be processed in order of their time stamp. Reeffarmers will be answering the phone from noon to 8 PM PST on the final auction day. Other days we will tend to be here in the afternoon and evening. Accepted payment for the final winning bidder is paypal. We do not use ebay and left them a few years ago for various reasons that many people now realize. And we also do not trust online automatic payment systems such as shopping carts ever since the old Coral Farmers Market auction site was attacked and hacked. The method we use for this silent auction is safe and secure. Please note - Your full real name will be displayed above. This is so the accuracy of the auction bidding process can be independently confirmed. Steve Tyree with Reeffarmers is the administrator for the auction. Bid increments are $5.00 . Next day shipping charge for this coral is $45.00 (UPS Express Saver). Local pickups have no shipping charge. California residents add 8.75 % sales tax.
Elegance Coral Cataphllia jardinei September 2010 Silent Auction LE fragment image.
This is the actual september 2010 single mouth fragment. Fragment was cut mid August.
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Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei Year 2010 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

Seventh Edition Auctioned at 2010 SW-CFM Event on March 21st

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei Year 2009 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

Third Edition Auctioned for $96.00 through CFM Auctions
Fourth Edition Auctioned at 2009 BA-CFM Event
Sixth Edition Auctioned at 2009 IE-CFM Event

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei Year 2008 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

Second Edition Auctioned for $ 152.50 through CFM Auctions

Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei Year 2007 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

First Edition Auctioned for $89.00 through CFM Auctions

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