Route Edition - Exclusive Edition - Route 66 Marine

Route Edition EE
R66 Grape Hyacinth Table
Acropora anthocercis
Original from Route 66 Marine
Established March 22nd 2015

RE - R66 Grape Hyacinth Table Acropora - Exclusive Edition
R66 Grape Hyacinth Table Route Edition Route 66 Marine Seed Colony Closeup Image.
An Amazing Australian Table that is Solid Blue and Slightly Purplish Blue.
Flower-like Polyps Have Blue Tips with a Darker Middle Ring Around a Blue Center.
Imaged Under 20,000 K Halides and Can Appear More Grape Colored Under Less Blue Lights.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

A colorful Aussie table with polyps that have exotic pigmentation patterns. Branches and corallites have that smooth Acropora anthocercis characteristic. Overall the table has a solid blue coloration under 20,000 K halides and with redder lighting can appear more grapish. The base sections of branches develop less pigmentation. Branch tips have the most color and can be quite bright. In addition to all that, the coral has some absolutely amazing polyps. Tentacles are bright blue while a middle dark colored ring can be seen. The polyp center appears to be solid blue. This coral has a lot going for it and will probably morph many exotic pigmentation characteristics while in captivity.

Reeffarmers has seen a few corals many years ago that were similar to the R66 Grape Hyacinth Table. Our recollection is that these were relatively easy to keep and held their color very well. They mostly came from the Solomon Islands as frag sections back in the mid 1990's. So when we saw this Australian version at Route 66 Marine we were very excited.

Orginally it was just called the Blue Table as it had a blue almost grapish color. Obviously Blue Table was a little bland and not very unique in its description, so we looked for a better name. The polyps look kinda flower-like, so we researched Blue Flowers and found images of the Grape Hyacinth flower. Its basic form and color were very similar. Now we do not think this is an Acropora hyacinthus table species. The coral looks very similar to an image of the Acropora anthocercis when grown in a protected lagoon (See Corals of the World Volume 1 page 369 image 5).

Reeffarmers is currently maintaining a seed section of this coral in a 8 foot Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. The parent colony of this coral died in the Route 66 Marine facility before the company was closed. It is possible that a couple of fragments were distributed, but there is no surviving parent colony.

Our system is naturally filtered with a semi-cryptic zone and a reef flat exposed zone. In this captive reef the coral is positioned to receive strong to moderate light and water current. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold at the Birmingham CFM Coral Show on May 17th 2015 in Leeds Alabama to Reef Grow. Suggested list price on March 22nd 2015 was $165 for a small fragment.

R66 Grape Hyacinth Table Route Edition Route 66 Marine Seed Colony Image.
Branches Look Slightly Similar to Budding Grape Hyacinth Flowers.
Center Table Branches are Vertical While Outer Branches are More Horizontal.
Polyps have Some Amazing Pigment Patterns that are Almost Zoanthid-Like in Nature.
Image Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.
R66 Grape Hyacinth Table EE - copyright Reeffarmers and Route 66 Marine on March 22nd 2015
Copyright © 2015 by Reeffarmers All Rights Reserved.

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