Trendy communications and social media instruments have introduced the aquarium world nearer collectively than ever earlier than, however there’s nonetheless a giant hole between Wild Corals and Aquarium Corals. Most reef aquarists solely get to see small items of coral, both as frags on the market or very small items that will hardly qualify as a colony.
On our current journey to the Solomon Islands we got here throughout a unbelievable, sprawling colony of Montipora palawanensis. That is the closest species identification we have now for a mess of thrilling Monti strains together with the Seashore Bum, Jaggernaut and many others. and this huge wild colony had a coloration and sample extremely suggestive of considered one of considered one of our favourite strains, the WWC Kung Pao Monti.
One factor to remember when observing the images and video is that this coral was illuminated with underwater LED dive lights with a coloration temperature of 6500 Kelvin. We noticed this colony at a depth of round 45 toes/10 meters and it was drop useless beautiful with an advanced subtlety of colours and patterns extra seen within the blue-shifted gentle at this depth.
The mix of orange, gold and tiny hints of inexperienced is an ideal gown for the extremely verrucated floor, and the contact of blue polyps are simply what we would like in a valuable aquarium coral pressure. This was not the one standout Montipora colony we hung out with whereas diving within the Solomon Islands however it definitely was essentially the most ‘photogenic’ within the wild reef atmosphere, and a style of corals to come back after we begin seeing shipments from this a part of the world someday this yr.