For our previous installment of Fluorescent Friday we focused in on WWC’s famous ‘Grafted’ orange and green Montipora capricornis but today, we check out some of their other bangin’ corals with a fluorescent filter. World Wide Corals is one of the undisputed global leaders in hot and highly colored aquarium corals. However, for as many blued-out photos of their corals that have circulated around the web and on social networks, oddly enough we’ve never seen their corals like this in Full Fluorescent Mode.
ReefAPalooza Orlando was such a fun and productive show for us and all the attendees, but by far one of the best parts of going to RAP-O is visiting the now famous destination retail front of World Wide Corals. We make it to this stretch of Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida about once a year and it never ceases to amaze us how much more coral they have than the last time we visited.
This trip was no exception and WWC really brought the heat, with some of the sickest reef aquarium corals you’ll see anywhere. We’re not talking simply about all the crazy, small frags of limited edition corals that they are well known for. WWC’s new coral farm is loaded with just about every kind of coral you can think of; in addition to seeing such phenomenal hit corals as the Looney Tunes Stylocoeniella, Casper the White Tang, and all manner of Rainbow Corals, Worldwide even makes their common corals look amazing.
Besides the retina-burning chalices, acros and various LPS, one of the coolest corals we observed under the Fluorescent Filter is the recently described Micromussa pacifica. This is such a neat coral that has long been misidentified as ‘Acan Maxima’ but now that it has a formal description we can truly begin to appreciate it for the unique coral that is is.
Even though we were perched over the sprawling coral tanks with our heavy fluorescent coral imaging rig for over an hour, it simply wasn’t nearly enough time to put a dent into documenting the most fluorescent of World Wide Corals’ ark of diverse soft and stony corals. We’ll try to plan for more time to document WWC’s vast coral collections next time we’re in Orlando but in the meantime, let us know which of these fluorescent corals is your favorite in the comments below.