Criminal Minds Chalice
Criminal Minds Chalice Limited Edition LPS Stony. Reeffarmers Seed Image.
The first edition consists of the single complete corallite in the upper left section.
Right and lower seed section cut away on September 10th 2011.
Note the intense and extensive bright red stripes on the corals bluish body.
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A spectacularly colored chalice that has bright red lines across a blue main body color.
The Criminal Minds chalice is similar to one of the old school retired chalices that
Reeffarmers distributed way back in 2005. The Ponape Echinophyllia echinoporides had a
bluish background, but it stripes were not as bright red and not as extensive. That chalice
was one of the first exotically colored chalices back in the day, but it was difficult to
propagate long term. The Criminal Minds Chalice not only has more spectacular color, but
it also fragments well and grows well in captivity.
Ponape Echinophyllia echinoporides Limited Edition now Retired
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragment from KLR/Kelby in the spring of 2011. It was originally
purchased from an online retailer in the early winter of 2010. The retailer claimed the coral
was an Australian export. Kelby and his reef buddy Austin (clowns101) came up with the name
Criminal Minds. The coral is now known by that name throughout the reef market.
Kelby states that the coral will do fine under high light, but it will develop thicker
and brighter red lines when exposed to moderate and low lighting. This chalice does well in
captivity and is a quick grower.
Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for Reeffarmers.com in a 130
gallon Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. This system is naturally filtered with a semi-cryptic
zone and a reef flat exposed zone. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to
receive moderate light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. Water current
is weak to moderate. The first edition fragment was auctioned at the 2011 IE-CFM Coral Show.
Criminal Minds Chalice Limited Edition LPS Stony. KLR/Kelby Colony Image.
The original colony section that Kelby/KLR had purchased had a darker blue main surface color.
In captive systems over time that blue can lighten and turn into a lighter silver blue.
The red stripes however were extensive on the original colony section.
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