The WWC Pink Duster acropora was exported from Australia in mid year 2012. After the long trip from Down Under however, the coral did not seem to have very much color. Victor Fornari of WWC saw something very special in this coral and selected it out of dozens that had arrived from Australia that day. The crew back at the WWC shop however were not so impressed with Victor's selection. Victor had to persuade the crew that his incredible eye for coral color had spotted faint baby blue pigments in the base area along with faint pink pigments throughout the coral branches. After a few months the mostly brown coral had developed some amazing pigments. Now it had a strong baby blue base color with an overall pink coloration though out the polyps. During grow out these pink pigments were showing up on the coral and almost appeared as a pink dust.
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragments of this coral directly from World Wide Corals during the return leg of the 2013 Reeffarmers End of Summer Road Trip. That road trip included stops in the following cities: Dallas, Biloxi, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Birmingham.
Steve Tyree is maintaining a seed section of this coral for Reeffarmers.com 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 light levels from a 400 watt SE 20,000 K metal halide. The Reeffarmers first edition fragment of this coral was sold in Atlanta during the return leg of the 2013 Reeffarmers End of Summer Road Trip. The coral lists for $179.99.
World Wide Corals recommends high flow and very strong light for the WWC Pink Duster. They have the parent colony and as of mid September 2013 they have distributed 3 fragments. Reeffarmers got their 1st edition. Tony Vargas got their 2nd edition at MACNA 2013 and is growing it out in his new 300 gallon South Florida reef. Their 3rd edition went to Uchin Chong of the Dallas/Fort Worth area and it was also distributed at MACNA 2013.