Check out ORA’s latest coral, the ORA Solitaryensis. This unique tabling coral grows multiple tiers or fused branches, while exhibiting purple tips on a tan/green base.
After many years of growing out in ORA’s Florida based broodstock tanks, Dustin Dorton and Co. have released their newest coral: The ORA Solitaryensis (Acropora solitaryensis). This tabling Acropora species has been in demand since entering the trade, with one of the few available propagated Solitaryensis coming from Steve Tyree.
The new ORA Soli will become available to aquarists starting this week. ORA retailers will begin to see this new coral just in time for MACNA.
Picking up this coral early may not be a bad idea; ORA was quick to share with us that this particular coral has proven an incredibly slow grower. Here’s the description that ORA has given their new Soli.
This month ORA is proud to introduce the ORA Solitaryensis. The base color is a greenish tan and branch tips are light purple with striking green polyps. Branches grow horizontally and fuse together forming a solid plate in the center of the colony with new growth remaining separated. As the colony ages, it grows into multiple layers of horizontal plates. This Acropora is extremely slow growing and after many years of working with it we are happy to be releasing this splendid coral to the public. Frags are approximately 1” and well encrusted on plastic plug.
The slang words Soli and Efflo are often casually thrown around by aquarists, but you will likely encounter fewer Acropora solitaryensis in aquariums than you will Efflos (A. efflorescens). The two can best be distinguished by the tiered table growth that A. solitaryensis exhibits with its fused branches.
ORA Soli – Photoshopped for estimated 20K look
Some aquarists have been waiting for the next real ORA coral that can hold its own against the likes of the Red Planet or Pearlberry. Given that this new ORA Solitaryensis was grown and photographed under natural sunlight and is exhibiting purple tips with fluorescent green tips, this may just be “it”. Accordingly we have photoshopped the original photo to give it a 20k look with coloration more inline with captive corals that share a similar color pallete such as A. nana and A. valida.