Limited Edition
Blueberry Stars Acropora
A Leo Chen Original

Limited Edition Blueberry Stars Acropora Original Colony Closeup Imaged.
Corallites are colored bright blueberry, while bushy polyps are colored bright green.
Branch growth forms are similar to thicketed birdsnests stony corals.
Extended corallite branchlets appear similar to A. echinata.
Bright neon green polyps are scattered like stars throughout the coral.
Image Copyright © 2012 by Leo Chen All Rights Reserved.

The Blueberry Stars Acropora is named for the scattered neon green stars or coral polyps that occur throughout the colony. These brightly colored polyps extend during the day time and contrast sharply with the blueberry colored branches. A very unusual color combination for a branching Acropora. This A. echinata or A. cardus was originally thought to be a Dragon type Acropora, but the elongated branchlets are more structured and ordered.

This coral was originally discovered by Leo Chen during a random visit to the reef store Tong's located in Fountain Valley, California. The original fragment was small and about 1.5 inches long. This fragment was literally located in their scrap frag tank. There was no longer an original imported colony of this species morph within the reef store. And we do not know where it was exported from. Apparently the scrap fragment was the only piece that survived. The original fragment was brown with colorful polyps. Leo took a chance on the salvaged fragment when he saw a hint of blue on the brown branch surfaces.

Leo Suggests:

Lighting requirements: Under strong lighting the coralites will develop a more brilliant light blue tips. With optimal water conditions, the neon green polyps extends from each coralites like stars of the night.

Water flow: Medium to high flow. When grown into a colony, there needs to be enough water moving through the tightly grown branches.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for in an 8 foot 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 250 watt DE 20,000 K metal halide. The first retail edition fragment of this coral was sold private. Retail fragments of this coral have listed up to $160.00 .

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