Route Edition - Limited Edition - Route 66 Marine

Route Edition LE
R66 Purple Hearts Acro
Acropora sp.
Original from Route 66 Marine
Established April 9th 2015

RE - R66 Purple Hearts Acro - Limited Edition
R66 Purple Hearts Acropora Route Edition Reeffarmers Seed Closeup Image May 22nd 2015.
Has Morphed a Little. Purple Blue Growth Edge. Fat Tentacles are Still Blue.
Base Tentacles are Green while Near Branch Tips Colored Dark Purple.
Branches are Purple with Blue Colored Tips and Edges. Some Green in Base.
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R66 Purple Hearts Acropora Route Edition Route 66 Marine Example Fragment Closeup Image.
Dark Red Heart Colored Polyps also Develop Blue Tips with a Single Extended Blue Tentacle.
Corallite Edges can Contain a Reddish Purple Colored Pigment Area.
Branch Stems and Corallite Bases are a Solid Blue Purple.
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Branch stems and corallite bases are a solid blue purple coloration, while corallite edges are a red purple color. Polyps are dark red with blue purple tipped tentacles. One of the tentacles on each polyp extends out with an elongated blue purple color. It is possible that the red purple along the corallite edges is where red from the tentacles grafts onto the coral surface.

While on a visit to the Route 66 Marine facility in Southern California in early 2015, Reeffarmers saw over a dozen frags of this exotic coral. Eric had salvaged the frags from an imported colony and we initially called it the No Name Acropora. Reeffarmers decided that the name Purple Heart best fit this particular coral, but Atlantis Aquarium had already used that name as had a few others. So we decided to call it the R66 Purple Hearts Acropora based on the many reddish colored polyps occurring on the purple branches.

Reeffarmers is currently maintaining a seed section of this coral in a 8 foot Raceway Gyre BiZonal system. Route 66 Marine had about a dozen of these frags in their shop and they may have distributed a few of them before the companies closure. None were pulled out at the time of closure. So there is no surviving seed colony, only possible a few distributed frags.

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 light and moderate water current. The first edition fragment of this coral was sold at Reef Currents 2015 to Zach MacDonald. Suggested list price on April 21st 2015 is $135 for a small fragment.

R66 Purple Hearts LE - copyright Reeffarmers and Route 66 Marine on April 9th 2015

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