Limited Edition Volcanoes in Antarctica Echinophyllia sp.
Retired December 2006 !
Volcanoes in Antarctica Reeffarmers Seed Colony. Note that the leading growth edge
on the left is pigmented red orange. The corals surface also contians lighter colored stripes.
Dark orange red corallites represent the volcanoes. The blue white surface represents Antarctica.
This is an incredibly pigmented Echinophyllia coral. The main surface of the coral
has a solid blue pigmentation. On top of this surface blue there are short stripes
of lighter white blue pigments. The leading growth edge of the coral develops a red
orange pigmentation, which is the same pigments that also develop within the center
of the corals large corallites. Polyps can extend for feeding and they contain light
colored pigment stripes on each tentacle (see image below).
The Volcanoes in Antarctica Coral was found
and named by Jeromy Carrol of
ACoralSource.com . Jeromy acquired the coral from a wholesaler within the Bay Area
of California in the fall of 2005. It appears to develop stronger pigments in moderate
light levels, but may experience slow growth rates. Jeromy recommends moderate currents.
Steve Tyree is maintaining a farmed section of this coral
for reeffarmers.com in one of his 125 gallon naturally filtered Tri-Zonal Reef Aquariums. In
Steve's captive reef the coral is positoned to recieve weak to moderate light levels under a
400 watt 20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. Limited Edition Reservation price for fragment is
currently $80 per small sized fragment. The bimonthly limited edition reservation schedules
can be found below.
Update December 2006 - Unfortunately Reeffarmers did not experience long term growth with
this very rare Volcanoes in Antarctica Echinophyllia. Some of the exotic Echinophyllia
species exhibit long term captive growth problems. Reeffarmers retired this coral in December
Volcanoes in Antarctica Echinophyllia Original Acoralsource.com
colony. In moderate light the base blue coloration intensifies.
Note the corallite tentacles have pigmented stripes.