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Two New ORA Corals Released!

Our reef farming friends down in Florida are at it again. They have released two new Acropora frags this month. The first is an attractive green coral they have named the ORA Gecko Green. The second, and my favorite of the two, is called the ORA Micronesian Mauve Acro. We expect to have our first shipment of these right after Christmas and they will be added to the website immediately. You will find them in our “ORA Coral Frags” section after they arrive. For pictures and ORA’s Press Releases, read on…

ORA Press Release

NEW ORA Gecko Green Acro

The ORA Gecko Green Acro is a staghorn type Acropora which grows irregularly spaced, twisted branches with prominent corallites. The tissue color is light yellow-green on the branches and darker green at the base. Small reddish polyps dot the entire coral, but don’t extend past the lip of the corallites.

In photographs the Gecko Green Acro appears similar to the ORA Green Velvet Acro, but it differs by having more pronounced, rounded corallites, different colored polyps and an overall thinner appearance. We notice best coloration with this coral in lower light levels and we would recommend this as a great beginner coral. The ORA Gecko Green Acro is a great coral for filling in lower levels of large reef tanks where high light demanding Acroporas would perish.

Frags will be approximately 2 inches and well encrusted on an ORA black plastic plug.

NEW ORA Micronesian Mauve Acro (see picture above)

The Micronesian Mauve Acro is a delicate branching Acropora with a pastel purple and pink coloration. The short fine branches of this coral are tightly spaced and give this coral a compact bushy shape. This coral comes from a farm near our Marshall Island facility where it is maricultured by locals in pristine lagoon waters. You can look forward to spotting some cool commensal acro crabs hanging on between branches. Like all maricultured corals this new addition will require several weeks under aquarium lighting to reach its full potential.

Frags will be 2 to 2 ½ inches and well encrusted on a white plastic plug.

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