SPS Lovers Rejoice; ORA releases Pink Stylophora to the masses
We're pleased to announce the release of a coral from ORA (Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums), the Pink Stylophora. As an SPS coral lover myself, I can honestly say that coming by a healthy and colorful pink "Stylo" frag isn't always easy to find. Based on my own experiences, a majority of these Stylophora colonies imported from the wild typically bleach (or worse) and don't fare well in captivity... especially in anything but the most well-conditioned aquariums.
While perusing the booths at MACNA in Des Moines, I couldn't help but notice the bright pink Stylo frag well hidden in a bed of Acropora in the ORA cylinder tank. Unfortunately for me, this coral wasn't for sale but I knew a day would come where I'd be able to get my hands on one. After an eight year hiatus of offering this coral, Dustin Dorton and his team have let loose and are now offering the Pink Stylophora to the masses. Unlike it's Green and Purple predecessors, this Stylo has a very tight growth pattern with small, abundant polyps. In order to maintain the the bright coloration, ORA recommends medium to high light (with proper acclimation, of course).
It's very refreshing to see corals like this one aquacultured in captivity where they can be enjoyed by SPS lovers everywhere without damaging the natural reef. Keep an eye out for the Pink Stylophora coming soon to your favorite local fish store (and online coral retailer) and be sure to share your thoughts on the release of this beautiful new coral from ORA below.