Limited Edition Martian Midnight Chalice Brian Big Oats
Limited Edition Martian Midnight Chalice Brian Big Oats colony. A new
class of Chalices from Brian Martin. The Martian Midnight Chalice has a thick blue growth edge that
maintains its pigmentation intensity. Corallites near the edge are bright pink while older corallites
are bright red orange. The main surface has pink pigments abd large bumps that develop additional
pigments on the top of the bumps.
Finally a colorful blue edged chalice coral that maintains its blue edge pigmentation fairly easily
in captivity. We have seen a couple of blue edges chalices imported in the past, but they tended
to slowly loose their blue edge pigmentation in captivity. The Martian Midnight not only maintains a
thick blue edge pigmentation, but the blue contrasts very well with the color of the corallites
and main surface. New growth corallites tend to be solid bright pink, while older corallites are
bright red orange. The surface of the coral also contains large bumps or tuberculae and these
can have additional pigmentation on their outer surfaces. This Chalice was acquired by Brian
Martin (bigoats) directly from Clint Conway of Diamonds in the Reef.
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragments directly from Brian Martin during the 2009 Bay Area Coral
Farmers Market event.
We currently believe that this chalice develops its best coloration under low light levels.
Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for Reeffarmers.com in an 125 gallon
naturally filtered TriZonal system. This system is naturally filtered with a semi-cryptic zone, a
semi-exposed zone and a reef flat exposed zone. In Steve's captive reef the coral is positioned to
receive low light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. The price of this coral per
small fragment is $150.00. The quarterly limited edition reservation schedules can be found below.
Limited Edition Martian Midnight Chalice Brian Big Oats colony imaged
through the front glass of his reef. Healthy Chalices that have adapted and are growing well in captivity
exhibit this puffed up or expanded appearance. This can help make the blue pigmented edge of the
coral even larger.