The fluted moon corals previously of the particular Barabbatoia genus could have been re-reclassified again into Favia, however that doesn’t actually change how a lot we love them in reef tanks. This group of moon corals (Faviids), first ‘championed’ by Ocean Reefs Marine Aquariums (ORMA) of Western Australia, are distinctive in that every colony has a variable look, each when it comes to coloration but additionally the diploma to which the corallites are developed.
Because the frequent identify implies, fluted moon corals can develop extremely exert corallites – typically the corallites and the colony are the basic instance of a pleasant Favia with neat, evenly spaced corallites, different occasions they start to develop into corallites on prime of little buttons. Often the corallites of fluted moon corals will be so outstanding that they extra intently resemble Caulastrea sweet corals than a traditional Favia.
Form is an intriguing high quality of any coral however what makes Favia amicorum fascinating as an aquarium coral is the wild vary of colours that they will have and develop. ORMA has been accumulating these corals from distinct habitats of West Australia the place this species happens in a dizzying array of colours starting from gold to inexperienced to orange to pink, with coloured mouths, variable striping, they’re actually fairly variable. Actual discuss although, we will’t consider every other species of moon coral that will get wherever close to gold or orange in coloration!
Greater than that, the colours of those fluted moon corals has a novel lustrous high quality, not fairly metallic however actually completely different from different Favias and might nearly seem to alter shade relying on the lighting and viewing angle. We’ve been rising out just a few colonies of flute-moons since they actually hit our radar final fall and have had nice outcomes conserving them in reasonable stream and subdued lighting, in an space of the aquarium the place they’ve good entry to meals which is positioned within the tank.
We’ve acquired a gold, a inexperienced and an orange specimen of the coral previously often known as Barabbatoia however this sampling is barely scratching the floor of what’s potential with Favia amicorum. In the event you occur to note your native aquarium or reef retailer obtain a cargo of corals from West Australia, positively preserve an eye fixed out for this sleeper coral – they’re not as flashy as what some reefers are used to however with correct reef husbandry and TLC you’ll find yourself with a colony of a very distinctive coral.
Editor’s Observe: To start with, in case you’ve truly learn to the tip, good for you! Secondly, it’s essential to say that these footage may seem considerably muted in comparison with what you’ve seen on-line recently, that’s as a result of, look forward to it . . . they’re not photoshopped! These corals look even higher in actual life, kudos to Ocean Reefs Marine Aquariums for being trustworthy of their pictures.