When you see three coral suppliers all showing off the same thing in the same week it’s safe to say they are about to trend in the hobby. That has been the case this week for Goniopora gardens from Indonesia, man-made discs, populated with multiple varieties or species of the popular Flowerpot coral, Goniopora spp.
There was a time when the only Gonis we could get were either Goniopora stokesi or the then easier-to-keep Red Goni species, but LED lights transformed red gonis into a myriad of popping pinks, and now, due to Goni-specific foods and ICP testing we can succeed with many different species from massive to submassive, encrusting, plates, branching to columnar, and in so many collectible color forms. We’ve never had it so good.
So the option of getting five or more gonis in one garden appeals greatly both to us, and the coral retailers we’ve spoken to. Or you can make your own of course, with gonis being very quick and simple to frag with a Gryphon saw. And retailers, make sure you try some goni gardens with your next order of Acropora tenuis and Euphyllia glabrescens from Indonesia. We predict they’re going to be popular.
The goni gardens we’ve featured here are all available via Amblard in France. Some gonis already have marketable trade names although the variety is such that we are expecting many more.