Auctioned Edition
Pastel Watermelon
Echinophyllia sp.

Retired August 2010 !

The Reeffarmers Pastel Watermelon seed colony is a near Watermelon coral that also has some very unique characteristics.
Its surface pigmentation varies from pastel pink to pastel blue. Corallites vary from bright green to bright yellow. The coral can
develop the watermelon-like bright green leading growth edge. There is also a unique outer blue pigment ring around the corallites.
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The Pastel Watermelon Echinophyllia Coral develops a pastel pink colored surface that can also develop bluish pigments. It also contains the bright green growth edge that normal watermelon Echinophyllia corals develop. Corallites eyes are bright green, while a unique outer ring blue pigment pattern appears around the green corallite center. It appears that under moderate to intense light the surface of the Pastel Watermelon develops a more pastel pink surface pigmentation (see image above). Under moderate to weak light levels the coral develops a more pastel blue surface pigmentation (see image below). Corallites can also develop a yellow pigmentation. The Pastel Watermelon coral was originally acquired by Kenny Hsi ( He found this coral within a Southern California Reef Shop in early 2006. Kenny has the parent colony and has distributed a seed colony to Reeffarmers. He also distributed a few fragments of this coral at Reef-A-Palooza 2008 where they were selling for $150 per fragment. Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of the Pastel Watermelon for in an 225 gallon naturally filtered Quad-Zonal Reef Aquarium. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to receive moderate to strong light under a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. It appears that this coral will develop its brightest pink coloration under moderate to strong lighting. Please note - Reeffarmers retired this coral in August 2010. We lost the seed and do not currently grow this coral.

A top view of the Kenny Hsi Pastel Watermelon parent colony. In this color morph the corallite eyes have developed a bright
yellow pigmentation. Also note that the upper right area is pinkish while the area just below the upper right is more bluish.
That bluish area was being partially shaded.
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Pastel Watermelon Year 2008 Old Auctioned Edition Schedule

First Edition Auction through CFM Auctions sold for $253.50

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