Blue Cespitularia is an iconic soft coral which was quasi unobtainable for the better part of the last decade of reefing. Following the opening of more locations to coral collections and expanded list of species which are collected for the aquarium trade, in the last two years the availability of Cespitularia from the wild and from coral propagators has increased significantly. At some early point in the new flow of Cespit, ORA must have settled on the strain they most wanted to propagate because today they are announcing the availability of their captive grown frags of blue Cespitularia. ORA describes their blue Cespitularia strain as having “sparkly turquoise body and peachy-orange polyps. This variety differs from the African variety which has a darker blue and purple coloration” and their experiences with it seem to indicate best color is achieved under intermediate lighting intensity and the Blue Cespit appreciates moderate to strong flow for best growth. ORA’s blue Cespitularia will start trickling out to select ORA retailers over the coming weeks and we don’t expect it will cost any more than any other of ORA’s newly released coral strains.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.