Limited Edition
Eye of Jupiter
Favia sp.

Eye of Jupiter Favia Reeffarmers Seed Colony. We have been maintaining our seed section under moderate to weak light levels
which are slightly more intense then the light levels the coral was originally receiving. Under these conditions the blue/purple
pigments are confined to the corallite ridges and the corallite inner wall. The areas between the corallites initially lightened up
and turned tan, but they have eventually developed pink pigments in these areas. There also appears to be pink pigments developing
along the inner corallite areas. The pink/red centers have remained intense red. New corallites along the edges have well developed
thick white rays that radiate from the corallite.
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Another great Favia coral find from the Reef Shops of Southern California. The Eye of Jupiter Favia coral has some absolutely incredible pigmentation patterns that rival pigment patterns found within the Acanthastrea lordhowensis corals. As can be see in the above image, corallite centers are brilliant red. The inner corallite walls and ridges are colored blue to purple. Pink pigments can develop within the inner wall. Between the Blue ridges of the corallites, pink pigments are also developing on the Reeffarmers seed coral that is being maintained under moderate to weak light levels. Beyond all that, growth edge corallites can develop an amazing row of large white spots that radiate outward from the corallite center (see image below).

SniperSPS and Jose Casas found the coral in the Orange County California Reef Shop called Eye Candy. Allen of Eye Candy sold the entire colony, but at that time is was being maintained within low light (see second image below). When maintained in very low to low light conditions the coral develops a solid blue purple coloration with bright red/orange corallite centers. That is the appearence from which SniperSPS named the coral the Eye of Jupiter.

Steve of Reeffarmers noticed this coral in the reef of SniperSPS during a visit in December of 2007. What was very interesting about the coral was the thick rays radiating from the corallite centers that could be seen on a few leading edge corallites (see upper left of second image below). Upon being placed within a Reeffarmers high organic nutrient system with slightly stronger light, the blue purple pigments faded between the corallites and were eventually replaced by pink pigments. Pink also developed within the inner corallite walls. The white rows of radiating spots also developed more fully on many more of the corallites (see image above). SniperSPS has only distributed one fragment prior to the corals AE listing. Jose Casas distributed a few fragments at the 2008 SW-CFM event.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of the Eye of Jupiter Favia for in an 125 gallon naturally filtered Tri-Zonal Reef Aquarium. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to receive weak to moderate light under a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. The coral only needs weak to moderate illumination to maintain its coloration. The price is currently $80 per two corallites.

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.

Eye of Jupiter Favia Reeffarmers Seed Corallite Closeup.
An amazing Eye of Jupiter on the Reeffarmers seed coral. Rows of thick
white spots have developed very strongly on the edge or new growth corallites.
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SniperSPS Eye of Jupiter Seed Colony. When maintained under very low light conditions the main surface of the coral
is covered in primarily blue or blue/purple pigments. There are also many other pigment granuales present. This is
probably an adaptation to low light and the coral may be increasing the amount of blue light the corals zooxanthellae
algae receive. This would be through pigment fluorescence. Note in the upper left that the exotic bands can even occur
on edge corallites under low light conditions.
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Eye of Jupiter Favia sp. Year 2009 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

Sixth Edition Auctioned for $157.50 through CFM Auctions

Eye of Jupiter Favia sp. Year 2008 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

First Edition Auctioned at the BA-CFM on May 11th 2008
Second Edition Auctioned for $86.00 through CFM Auctions
Third Edition Auctioned for $105.50 through CFM Auctions
Fourth Edition Auctioned for $104.00 through CFM Auctions
Fifth Edition Auctioned through CFM Auctions Sold for $75.00

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