Mystery Coral: June #2, Demystified!

30 Jun, 2022

The answer: Eye Catching Corals' Slime Time Grafted Montipora digitata, grown by Reefworks Corals and photographed by Michael Vargas.
The answer: Eye Catching Corals’ Slime Time Grafted Montipora digitata, grown by Reefworks Corals and photographed by Michael Vargas.

ECC Slime Time Grafted Digitata
Montipora digitata
Reefworks Corals
Austin, Texas
ReefworksCorals.com
Geographic Origin: Unknown
Light: Moderate to High
Flow: Moderate to High
Care level: Intermediate

“It’s a fast, easy-growing grafted Digitata,” noted John Yull of Reefworks. Furthermore, Yull relayed and agrees with what Eye Catching Coral (ECC) had to say about this very unusual coral.

ECC reports that the coral “came from a natural process of what is assumed to be the combination of a red and green Digitata to form random mixes of these colors throughout…Kept under higher light, the red in this Montipora appears slightly more orange in color, while kept under lower light the red is deeper.”

Photographer Michael Vargas noted that he had the opportunity to document this coral at the Coral Farmers Market Dallas Coral Show. The macro photography that resulted was the product of a stitching technique, combining multiple original photographs into the final result.

The ECC Slime Time Grafted Montipora digitata, up close and personal via composite photography techniques. All images copyright Michael Vargas/MVargas Photography
The ECC Slime Time Grafted Montipora digitata, up close and personal via composite photography techniques. All images copyright Michael Vargas/MVargas Photography

This isn’t the only grafted coral that Vargas has photographed…watch for another spectacular example that will be featured in the REEF VISIONS column of the September/October 2022 issue of CORAL Magazine! Don’t miss it, subscribe today!

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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