One-of-a-Kind Gem: Fused Platygyra from Australia
13 Nov, 2020
FUSED TRICOLOR BRAIN CORAL
Kernersville, North Carolina
Geographic Origin: Australia
Light Level: Moderate
Flow Level: Moderate
Care Level: Easy
Arriving in early October 2020, this unique Australian Brain Coral has been turning the heads of everyone who sees it. “It’s corals like this that remind me why I don’t have a tank at home…it would be coming home with me,” says Kris Cline, owner of wholesale aquarium trade distributor Carolina Aquatics, based in Kernersville, NC.
“The coral took up almost an entire box,” according to Kline. This specimen is approximately 11 inches across and 6-7 inches wide, with an elevation change of about 3 inches; the coral has a “mountain range” of sorts rising into a mound, which is on the right-hand side of the coral as shown in the opening photo.
The individual coral that is purple with green ridges dominates the colony, while a different specimen, green ridged but with a blue base, slashes through the larger coral, like striking a vein of gold in a rock formation. Kline noted that “They’re not chemically fighting, but they’re not merging.”
At the time of reporting, this coral is available through the wholesale aquarium trade to customers of Carolina Aquatics, which declined to speculate on a retail price for the colony.
See this, and many more jaw-dropping corals, in the Reef Visions column of the January/February 2021 edition of CORAL Magazine. Don’t miss it, subscribe or renew today.
Image credits: Jeremy Shenk/Carolina Aquatics