A Wet Thumb Inc. Original
Hellfire Acropora Limited Edition SPS Stony. Reeffarmers Seed Image.
Another very unique and exotic Acropora from Wet Thumb Inc.
Our seed lost color and was just a brown branch for the first few months.
Recently it finally has adapted and is starting to redevelop its original pigments.
The exotic hellfire-like pattern of its pigments can be seen in this image.
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The original Hellfire Acropora colony was one of the most intensely red colored Acropora SPS
corals that we have seen in captivity (see image below). A bright pink red develops on the
main branch stems and on corallites. Branch tips and corallite edges can develop a true
red pigmentation. Polyps tentacles can be colored green, red and pink. New growth edges in
the base area are bluish (see image above). The lines and patterns of zooxanthellae algae
within the coral also help to develop the hellfire appearence.
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragment directly from Dan and Tina of
WT Inc.. The coral was actually
named by one of their customers and it is based on the corals intense fire engine red pigments.
Dan and Tina state that the Hellfire will develop more intense red pigmentation under moderate
to strong light levels. In strong light levels they have even seen the coral develop white tips.
They also recommend moderate water currents.
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 strong to moderate light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. The
first edition fragment of this coral was sold privately. Introductory list price was $100
for a small single branching first edition fragment.
Hellfire Acropora Limited Edition SPS Stony. Wet Thumb Inc. Original Colony Image.
This section of the original Hellfire colony shows the intense red that can develop.
Branch stems and corallites were more pinkish red, while tips and edges were true red.
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