Route Edition - Exclusive Edition - Route 66 Marine

Route Edition EE
R66 Merlin's Staff
Acropora donei
Original from Route 66 Marine
Established March 21st 2015

RE - R66 Merlin's Staff Acropora - Exclusive Edition
R66 Merlin's Staff Route Edition Reeffarmers Seed Image Under 20,000 K Halides May 22nd 2015.
Apparently Merlin's Staff should be Merlin's Golden Fire Staff or maybe there are Orcs Nearby.
We Harvested Two Branches from Seed for Private Sales left Third Axial Untouched.
Polyps in New Growth Area have Ignited the Base Gold with Fire Orange Tentacles.
All Polyps Now have Golden Centers with Fire Orange Tentacles.
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R66 Merlin's Staff Route Edition Route 66 Marine Seed Fragment Image.
Prominant Corallites Colored Bright Blue and Hold Color Easily.
Polyps Have a Golden Yellow Center Pigmentation with Dark Tentacles.
Axial Branch End Polyps are Colored Bright White Blue.
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The R66 Merlin's Staff Acropora is very rare and Reeffarmers has never seen an Acropora quite like this before. Althought the OA Blast form the Past LE is kinda similar. Flared corallites are solid bright blue and are packed very close together along the branch. This blue pigmentation is very easy to maintain in captivity, which in itself is very unusual. Polyps at the branch ends are bright white blue, but the radial polyps along the branches also have unusual characteristics. Their center is colored golden yellow, while polyp tentacles are dark in color.

Originally this coral was referred to as the Gold Finger at Route 66 Marine. Now the yellow gold polyp center was initially difficult to see under blue halides, but was much more intense under T5's or LED lighting. Above image however shows how the coral under 20,000 K halides can develop intense golden pigment polyp centers. The above seed with its intense pigments under 20,000 K will scream color under Blue LED lights. We called it Merlin's Staff due to the staff like almost staghorn physical nature of the branches. The blue color is also similar to the blue gem found in Merlin's staff in a recent television series involving Merlin.

Reeffarmers is currently maintaining a seed section of this coral in a 8 foot Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. This colony was not pulled out of the Route 66 Marine facility before the business was closed. We believe it had died before then, but it was a fairly large colony, so we are assuming that a few fragments were distributed by Route 66 Marine. 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 moderate to strong light and moderate water current. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold to Brian Schneiderman. Suggested list price on April 18th 2015 was $145 for a small fragment.

R66 Merlin's Staff EE - copyright Reeffarmers and Route 66 Marine on March 21st 2015

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