Limited Edition
Blue Octopus Acropora
A Leo Chen Original

Limited Edition Blue Octopus Acropora Original Colony Imaged.
An exotic branching Acro with blunt corallites shaped as octopus suckers.
Corallites have rounded blunt ends that are pigmented bright blue.
Polyps contain some turquoise and green pigmentation.
Branch stems are cream white with some fluorescent green pigments.
Image Copyright © 2013 by Leo Chen All Rights Reserved.

Mother nature never ceases to amaze. How about a branching staghorn/echinata-like coral that has distinct blue coralites that resemble the suckers on the arms of octopus. Corallites on the staghorn-like branches have rounded blunt ends that can appear similar to octopus suckers. These blunt ends develop a brilliant medium blue pigmentation. The main branch stem is cream colored with some florescent green color.

This coral was exported from Indonesia and acquired by Leo Chen in July of 2012. It was actually a pale colored mini-colony, but Leo noticed a unique bluish color within the corallites. As the colony grew within captivity the branches became elongated and somewhat staghorn-like. The coral pigments also became more vibrant over time. The coral prefers moderate light levels and moderate water current.

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 400 watt SE 20,000 K metal halide. The first retail edition fragment of this coral was sold private. Retail fragments of this coral currently list for $150.00 as of May 11th 2013.

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