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New Strawberry Shortcake Acros coming out of Australia are more ridiculous than ever

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 04, 2015 08:00 AM
Ultra Coral Australia supplied us images of some amazing SSC Acros (likely Acropora microclados) that were recently discovered and are making their way to the USA and Asia. Unlike most SSCs, the "UCA Bada Bing" have gorgeous electric blue tips.
New Strawberry Shortcake Acros coming out of Australia are more ridiculous than ever

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Strawberry Shortcake (SSC) is a fanciful "designer" name given to Acroporas (and other corals) with a color palette of pink corallites over a green/yellow base.   SSC Acros are usually either Acropora microclados or sometimes Acropora nasuta.  In A.microclados SSCs, the tips are mostly hot pink like the rest of the corallite tips.

Not the "UCA Bada Bing!"  The tri-color Aussie Acropora features bubble-gum pink corallites on top of a fluorescent green base with the growing tips a rich blue pigment.  We've seen this tri-color combination before in Acropora nasuta SSCs but no where this intense in coloration.  Note: The "Bada Bing" does not refer to a single extraordinary colony but a whole new variant of Acroporas entering the market.  While we refer to the "Bada Bing" as a SSC variant, Ultra Coral Australia prefers to think of it as simply the UCA Bada Bing.

Below are two photos of the same "Bada Bing."  The photo on the left is the original image supplied to us by Ultra Coral Australia photographed under Radium 20,000K metal halides.  We color-corrected the photo on the right to shift the white balance away from blue to see what it might look like under more "neutral" lighting conditions, and we have to say the pigments may look even better without the excessive blue.  Either case, the "Bada Bing" is one of the nicest Acros we've seen yet.

Frag on!

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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