Joe's Rainbow Acropora
A Joe Knows Reefs Original
Joe's Rainbow Acropora Limited Edition. Joe Knows Reefs Second Captive Generation Colony Image.
An amazing multi-colored Acropora. Corallite edges and branch tips are edged in purple.
Branches are turquoise with fluorescent green areas especially the bottom half of corallites.
Leading growth edges are blue. Some areas can also develop pink pigments.
Polyps are two tone containing fluorescent green and also pink in some areas
Image Copyright © 2011 by Joe Knows Reefs All Rights Reserved.
Joe's Rainbow Acropora is an exotic rainbow colored Acropora that was originally exported from Fiji.
Almost every color in the rainbow is found within this Acro. The base area has blue edge pigments,
fluorescent green patches and also patches of pink pigments. Polyps can be colored pink and/or green.
Branch stems are turquoise with areas that contain a medium dark fluorescent green. Branch tips and
corallite edges are purple. Some of the corallites have a unique purple colored upper area with a
fluorescent green lower area. We do not have an image of the original imported colony, which had turned
brown quickly. It is possible that some of these pigments were grafted into the original colony while
the coral was maintained within captivity.
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragment directly from Joey Nichols of
Joe Knows Reefs.
Joe originally acquired a fragment of this coral from Greg Caudill (caudill187)
and that fragment grew into the captive colony imaged above. Greg had actually
grew a captive colony (imaged below) from a fragment he had acquired from Reeflvr
a member of Reef2Reef. The coral was originally imported by a Baltimore Maryland
company that is no longer in business. The colony was exported from Fiji in 2009,
but it quickly lost its coral pigments and turned brown. A short time after Reeflvr had
acquired his original imported colony it was
nearly all lost to RTN. Probably the typical RTN that colonies from Fiji can experience.
A small fragment was saved, grown out, and Greg acquired a small frag in a trade with
Reeflvr. What is perhaps amazing however, is that we have an exotic colorful Fiji
Acropora that is thriving long term in captivity. As of October 17th 2011, Reeflvr,
Greg Caudill, Joe Knows Reefs and Reeffarmers were the only ones with seeds of this
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 sold privately with a suggested
retail list price of $140 per the small fragment.
Joe's Rainbow Acropora Limited Edition. Greg Caudill (caudill187) First Captive Generation Colony Image.
Note the fluorescent green pigments on the left branch. That pigment might have been grafted in captivity.
Image Copyright © 2011 by Greg Caudill (caudill187) All Rights Reserved.
Joe's Rainbow Acropora Limited Edition. Reeffarmers Seed image.
The purple tips and corallite edges are visible on the Reeffarmers seed fragment.
Note the green colored polyps and the fluorescent green branch stems.
Image Copyright © 2011 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © 2011 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.