The Oregon Blue Tort is perhaps my favorite SPS coral. The blue color of a “true” Oregon Blue Tort is so vivid it makes you wonder whether it was injected with an artificial blue pigment. Mother nature has blessed this coral and as such it is a much sought after addition for many SPS collectors.

 

Oregon Blue Tort

Oregon Blue Tort

 

The Oregon Blue Tort, which is an Acropora Tortuosa, has an interesting story behind its lineage. I bought my first Oregon Blue Tort from Rick Souta who was in Oregon and sold frags online at Reefstuff.com. As the story goes, Rick acquired his frags from Travis at Upscales who had picked up a frag from Shaun Monahan, who was the founder and original owner of Waves in Portland, OR. Shaun had received a shipment of corals from Bali Indo and he ended up putting a small light brown colony with some “potential” into his display tank. The coral eventually turned deep blue and then turned heads.


I lost my original frag but I managed to pick up some more from a fellow reefer who had also acquired the coral from one of the original sources in Oregon. My frags did take some time to get going but once they became happy they grew at a pretty good clip.

 

Close-up of Polyps on Oregon Blue Tort

Close-up of Polyps on Oregon Blue Tort

Oregon Blue Torts Require Strong Lighting

This coral typically does well near the top of the tank and requires good flow and strong lighting. Mine have thrived under 400W Radiums with supplemental T5s. I consider the Oregon Blue Tort to be an advanced coral so I would only recommend adding it once success is achieved with other SPS.

 

Some reefers do confuse the Oregon Blue Tort with the Cali Tortuosa or “Cali Tort”, another sought after coral. The key difference is the Cali Tort has some greenish hues on its body whereas the Oregon Blue Tort is a solid, deep blue. I am a big fan of the Cali Tort as well but nothing beats the eye catching blue of the Oregon Blue Tort…..at least in my book.

 

 

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If you are looking for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my book, A ReefBum’s Guide To Keeping an SPS Reef Tank: A Blueprint For Success. Additionally, you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam. And if you are interested in purchasing affordable SPS frags that are pest-free and homegrown, you can visit my SPS Frag store.

 

Happy reef keeping!