This coral originally came out of Australia, which is the same area where the original Strawberry Shortcake Acropora was exported. The place of origin is about the only similarities the True WWC Red Shortcake Acropora has with the original Strawberry Shortcake Acro out of Australia. This particular coral has the same general branching pattern as the original, but its coloration is an amazingly intense red. The original Strawberry Shortcake was a lighter and less intense pink pigmentation. Branch tips, corallites and polyps can develop this intense red coloration.
World Wild Corals has been growing out this coral for almost 3 years. It has done very well in captivity. It was originally acquired from the old Oculus Aquatics, which closed its doors in Southern California during early 2013. The WWC crew was on one of its coral safari trips where they bought up all the cool corals they could find. The safari trip where they picked up this gem occurred during the spring of 2011.
Reeffarmers acquired our seed fragment of the True WWC Red Shortcake coral directly from World Wide Corals. It was picked up during a stop at the WWC showroom and aquaculture facilities in Orlando Florida during early September 2013. That was an exclusive fragment and is the first True WWC Red Shortcake fragment WWC had distributed.
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 first edition fragment of this coral was sold to Robby Brown in Dallas Texas during September 2013. The coral lists retail for $129.99.