The ORA Joe The Coral is not your average “Joe” when it comes to aquacultured acroporas. I am not sure about the origin of the name but perhaps when it was released years ago it looked like a run of the mill SPS. Today it seems to have morphed into something more deserving of an eye catching name.
According to ORA, this coral is a staghorn and is similar to their Blue Voodoo, although Joe The Coral has more random growth patterns, less polyp extension and a more vibrant green coloration at the base. This coral also exhibits traits similar to ORA’s Borealis and Roscoe’s Blue Acropora corals and to many it resembles a Tenuis.
The frag I recently picked up sports the green coloration at the base and also has vivid blue tips. It sits in the top half of my display tank and has done great under one of my 400W 20,000K Radium bulbs. Similar to many aquacultured ORA corals, Joe The Coral is hardy and can do well under a variety of different types of lighting, including powerful LEDs and T5s.
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Besides strong lighting, this coral should also receive plenty of flow to thrive, especially random flow generated from a wave maker. I use a Maxspect Gyre 150 and have it set to the pulse mode to produce a surge effect. Joe The Coral is another winner from the ORA farm so do yourself a favor and add it to your collection the next time you have an opportunity.
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