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Dang! I haven't updated this thread since February. Going to be posting quite a bit of photos just to catch up on things. Sorry for the inconsistencies!

 

Here's a Goniopora that we picked up back in late February. It came from one of the early Indonesia imports. The polyp structure is a bit different than other Gonioporas we have. The polyps are pom-pom-y like an Alveopora, but resemble more like a Goniopora. The polyps are more of a medium length than long like traditional Gonioporas as well. It's been thriving but has turned more a pastel pink, and has been given the name LC Strawberry Swisher. If anyone knows the more specific Goniopora species please do chime in!

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Photos of some frags that have sold:
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This is an older photo and many of these zoanthids are back in grow out. But just check out the colors on them! Been running Kessil 360x over the tanks and the zoanthids are just loving it. I get asked a lot what the one in the center of the photo is, and they're GSC A$$clowns from Golden State Corals . Elliot's been growing them for some time but for some reason they've been under people's radar. They're so cool!

 

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Pictures of some of the GSC A$$clowns frags I took awhile back.
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One of our UCC (Unlimited Color Corals) Rainbow Boom Gonioporas has overgrown its grow out disk and is ready to be fragged. I took the time to take a quick video before it hit the saw, as it took a few months for it to get to this size. It's one of my favorite LPS corals in the farm to keep, as the colors are outstanding and it's relatively easy to keep for a Goniopora. 

 

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I keep telling myself I need to frag them up. But these Clove Polyps look so good all mixed together.

 

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Amazing corals!

 

Y'all should take some select frags outside and take pictures in just natural sunlight. I'm curious what some of these would have looked like when someone found them.

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1 hour ago, Tired said:

Amazing corals!

 

Y'all should take some select frags outside and take pictures in just natural sunlight. I'm curious what some of these would have looked like when someone found them.

Thank you for the compliment! As cool as that sounds, most of these corals aren't found in shallow water as most home aquariums. The ocean filters out most of the sun's light spectrum and leaves mostly a blue coloration behind. These corals would be very cooked/ bleached if kept outside in a 12" frag rack directly under the sun! 

 

To find most of these corals in the wild, they would be many feet under the water's surface. Here's a video of Jake from Reef Builders out in a coral farming workshop focused around Acropora species, which can handle more shallow depths. You can see how blue the water is even when he's just a few feet under the surface!

 

 

In this video, the lighting in the ocean where he films look almost like a blue T5 spectrum blend. At time mark 8:22, the water is super blue!

 

 

Blue lighting spectrum for corals is completely normal for them. Jason Fox dives himself for many of his signature corals and comments that it's almost completely blue where he collects his coral, and is his reasoning for running almost all blue spectrums for his corals.

 

Hopefully this comes off as passing along some interesting knowledge that most reefers don't know. It helps for us to understand what our corals actually want. 🙂 

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Just another mixture of some of our more hardy zoanthids, with one little Vivid's Gushers appearing on the far left!

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