Limited Edition
Tubs Lavender and Green
Montipora Stellata

Limited Edition Tubs Lavender and Green Montipora stellata Reeffarmers First Edition.
This fragment was exposed to strong light. The Blue Brown Lavender is now mostly Blue Lavender.
Image taken in 20,000 K lighting so reflective blue pigments slightly enhanced.
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Around September 2010 Reeffarmers received an image of an old John Susbilla (Tubs) coral that we had only rarely, if ever distributed in the past. This coral was the Tubs Lavender and Green Montipora stellata. It looked quite striking in the image. Captive fragments from this coral at the time appeared to only be selling from this one source. So we traded Frank McDonald of Great Ocean Wonders for a couple of fragments from his captive seed colony.

This incredible branching Montipora has three exotic attributes. First - it is known as the Lavender and Green Montipora and that is a very rare coloration combination. Second - the surface of the Montipora stellata has numerous ridges and bumps. Third - the large polyps are bright green in coloration with flower like markings in brighter green. So this coral is much more then a shaggy stick coral.

When this branching coral is placed in low to moderate light levels, the brown Symbiodinium pigment will dominate. On the surface, just the lavender blue ridges and green polyps will be visible above the brown. When placed in strong to moderate light levels, the brown from the Symbiodinium algae becomes less dominate. On the surface, there are lavender brown valleys with blue bumps and ridges prominant. The bright green polyps are also visibile. Montipora corals can be sensitive to sudden light changes, so caution should be exercised when using strong light levels.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for 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 to strong light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. The price of this coral per small fragment consisting of a single polyp will be determined by the first edition auction below.

Polyp Closeups. Weak to Moderate Light (left). Strong to Moderate Light (right).
Polyp pigment patterns are the same in both light environments.
In strong to moderate light, green polyps contrast sharply with blue lavender.
Symbiodinium algae decreases its pigment sizes or pigment density in strong light.
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First Edition fragment. Strong to Moderate Light (left). Weak to Moderate Light (right).
The dominant blue reflecting pigments can be seen in the strong 20,000 K image on the left.
These blue pigments mix with the brown Symbiodinium algae pigment and produce lavender.
In low light only the lavender blue highlights can be seen (right image).
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Tubs Lavender and Green Montipora Stellata Year 2010 First Edition Auction Closed - Sold
Bid Amount
Name of Bidder
$ 50.00
Thomas Batty Winning Bid

For this silent auction, bidders are required to give their full name and their winning bid along with an optional maximum bid. We will accept these bids via phone 909-989-9711. If no one is there leave a message. We also accept bids via email to . Email bids will be processed in order of their time stamp. Reeffarmers will be answering the phone from noon to 8 PM PST on the final auction day. Other days we will tend to be here in the afternoon and evening. Accepted payment for the final winning bidder is paypal. The payment method we use for this silent auction is safe and secure. Please note - Your full real name will be displayed above. This is so the accuracy of the auction bidding process can be independently confirmed. Steve Tyree with Reeffarmers is the administrator for the auction. Bid increments are $5.00 . Next day shipping charge for this coral is $45.00 (UPS Express Saver). Local pickups have no shipping charge. California residents add 8.75 % sales tax. Please note - If you do not place a maximum your bid could be out bid within the final minutes of the auction. If you want to be called when your bid is no longer the winning bid, please let us know. Otherwise you may want to place a maximum bid.
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