Limited Edition
OA Baby Blue Tenuis
An Oculus Aquatics Original

Limited Edition OA Baby Blue Tenuis Oculus Aquatics Colony Image.
This brilliant blue colored Acropora tenuis has an exotic baby blue coloration.
The exotic fluted tenuis shaped corallites occur on medium thick branches.
Note how the bright baby blue coloration is solid throughout the colony.
Image was taken through the front glass of the main display reef at Oculus Aquatics.
Image Copyright © 2012 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

The OA Baby Blue Tenuis is a solid bright baby blue Acropora tenuis exported from Australia. Pigmentation is very intense and evenly distributed throughout the colony. This colony was selected for its brilliant color from literally hundreds of coral colonies exported from Australia. The main colony is currently being grown and farmed for fragmentation by a coral importer/wholesaler located in the greater Los Angeles area. The coral market has come a long way with importation and holding facilities farming select corals in house.

This exotic baby blue A. tenuis was imported from Australia to Oculus Aquatics (OA) located in Van Nuys California. Oculus is an importer/wholesaler that specializes in exotic coral species. Reeffarmers made our first visit to their facility under the recommendation from Seth of Coral Fever in New Orleans. Back in the early to late 1990's, Steve of Reeffarmers made frequent visits to coral importer/wholesalers in the Los Angeles area, but that trickled down to just a few in the early 2000's. Then Steve made the full commitment to promote captive grown coral and made almost no visits from the mid-2000's until early 2012.

When we visited Oculus Aquatics, we were surprised at the shear volume of fragments that Oculus has in stock. Brian Kim, their warehouse lead, has been developing their Aquaculture program and he has literally produced fields of coral fragments. Brian also has developed a keen eye for exotic coral specimens. The main display reefs at OA are used to grow and farm fragments from specially selected exotic species. They are also selecting very unique corals and allowing them to fully adapt to captivity before releasing any new fragments. OA is certainly not like the coral importers and wholesalers that Steve frequently visited during the 1990's.

Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this Aussie coral for in a 130 gallon 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 strong to moderate light levels from a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium metal halide. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold on our Buy It Now page. Introductory list price was $85 for a small single branch fragment.

Limited Edition OA Baby Blue Tenuis Reeffarmers First Edition Image.
This was the actual first edition fragment that Reeffarmers distributed.
Note that polyps are also colored blue on this fresh mount fragment.
Fragment had two branches and is 1 inch tall and up to 5/8 inch wide.
Image Copyright © 2012 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2012 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

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