The Tyree Icefire Echinata is a definite looker with its bright blue tips and creamy white branches. I typically fall for solid, brightly colored corals but the Icefire is certainly an eye catcher with its vivid contrasting color combo.

 

A classic SPS coral, this piece was highly sought after when it first came out many years ago but it is still a must have Acropora today for many SPS collectors. It does best in the top-half of a tank under medium to high lighting and a good amount of flow. My colony is doing really well under a 400W Radium bulb about half way down the tank.


Echinatas can be on the delicate side so I would only recommend adding it to an established tank with other SPS that are doing well. Caution also needs to be taken when dipping this coral for pests.

What’s In a Name?

Ok, what about the origin of this coral? According to reeffarmers.com, the Icefire originally came from James Lee, who ran a reef shop located in the Bay Area of California called Aquascene. Steve Tyree was eventually able to acquire a frag from another reefer and grow out the coral.

 

Today you will also see wild versions of the Icefire coming from Australia but long term success in a home reef tank will likely be higher with the aqua-cultured version of the Icefire.

 

 

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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!