Limited Edition
Wild Orchid Montipora
A Reefkoi Original

Limited Edition Wild Orchid Montipora Reeffarmers Seed Section Imaged.
An incredible Montipora coral from the amazing collection of corals at Reefkoi.
A Superman-like Montipora with larger polyps and unique color shades of pigmentation.
The base coloration is a darker purple blue, while polyps are more pink red.
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The Wild Orchid Montipora has some rather unique attributes. It has colors similar to the Superman Montipora, but polyps are larger in size and are similar to the polyps found on the pink Sandollar LE. As compared to the Superman Montipora, the Wild Orchid base color is more of a purple then the typical Superman blue. Its larger polyps also appear more pink then red. These polyps can develop white tips on their tentacles that can also extend fairly well during the daytime (see image below).

This very unusual and exotic Montipora was originally acquired by Chris at Reefkoi. The coral was shipped to Chris in a direct shipment from Jakarta Indonesia in June of 2012. He has maintained fragments under LED's with a total PAR of between 150-200. When maintained under these conditions, this Montipora is not experiencing the bleach out that some of the exotic Montipora corals can experience initially in captivity. The coral has actually been growing quite well in captivity. Chris keeps his system low in the inorganic nutrient PO4 (.02). He also feeds the captive reef tank with daily various coral foods.

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 weak to moderate light levels from a 250 watt DE 20,000 K metal halide. The first retail edition fragment of this coral was sold privately to Jack Lenhardt. The Buy It Now introductory sales price was $90.00 . Retail fragments of this coral have listed up to $115.

Limited Edition Wild Orchid Montipora Polyp Closeup Image.
The Wild Orchid name is based upon the corals exotic polyps seen in this closeup.
They are larger then Superman Montipora polyps and can extend quite dramatically.
Tentacles can develop bright white tips, while polyp mouths appear blue.
Polyps are pink red instead of the red orange found within the Superman Montipora.
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