Legendary Corals - Eye Candy Thread + Discussion!

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Some of the clove polyp varieties growing out here in the farm! They're a bit jumbled up since I'm behind on fragging, but it is really cool to see them mixed in together swaying in the currents.

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Wow!!! What are the blue and yellow ones?!
 

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One of the clove polyp varieties I'm growing in the farm! The polyps get really big and they're pastel like in coloration. Under blues the tips look almost teal.
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Oh. My. Gosh. I love them!! I’m kind of a clove enthusiast and those are just stunning! Are they on y’all’s website??
 
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Oh. My. Gosh. I love them!! I’m kind of a clove enthusiast and those are just stunning! Are they on y’all’s website??
Yes, I do have a stock item of them on the site! Just a heads up, they're mostly teal due to the blue lighting that they're under. Here's some frags under more blended spectrums that's a bit more accurate to their look:
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Message me a price list on the corals that I have reposted please
Hey Rick! I keep the website pretty updated. You can find all names, prices, and even a brief description and care level for the corals on there. :)
 
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If you enjoy WWC Twizzlers, then you're in for a treat with this morph! LC Havocs Zoanthids have a blue-purple sheen over the body with bright green contrasting skirt tips. Definitely a unique piece for those looking to keep something a little different.

Edit: We've had these for a few years now and have been referring them to as LC Havocs, but it looks like they're pretty much the same thing as another morph called Candy Crush. If you guys know them as such, we'll address them as Candy Crushes to keep the confusion of the name game low. :)

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One of the most sought after mushroom corals at the moment, and it's no surprise. The chaotic black and purple splashes along the body is a trait not seen in many corals, let alone a mushroom coral. The babies themselves come out as all red, and the chances of them gaining the splashing color patterns isn't guaranteed. Regardless of the pattern, the red is extremely brilliant and gorgeous on its own. But for the ones that do develop it, they'll become a masterpiece.
 
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The original Jawbreaker/ Tye Dye. RIP to my foolishness of not owning a controller on my personal nano reef. One malfunctioned Cobalt Neotherm Heater led to the slow death of my precious fish and corals. I haven't set up a personal reef since.

Anyways, past the sadness, one of my older articles I wrote 4 years ago has come back up to light after having a discussion with a fellow R2R-er on his thread. I thought it would be great to add it to this thread as well.

I did a lot of digging back then on the origins of Jawbreakers and the much sought after "Tye Dye." Here's an excerpt from it.

Article here: https://www.reef2reef.com/ams/shrooms-the-latest-hot-trend.91/

This came from Kmaintl, who had very close relations to the origins of the Jawbreaker. I assumed that the original Jawbreaker came from a shop in Milpitas, California called Aquatic Gallery. The owner was Dr. Li, just to give context on how his discussion starts:

"What you state is correct. I never disclosed Dr. Li's name nor the first hobbyist that purchased the original mother from Dr. Li because he asked me not to and I respected his wishes. The first hobbyist that owned the Mother Jawbreaker (assumed it was named by Dr. Li as he was first to receive this import around 9 years ago now) was one of my customers who purchase reef equipment and I purchased some corals from him for my other customers. He shall remain nameless until he changes his mind and would like to reveal his identity. He lived in San Jose area and I still remember the month he brought the Mother Jawbreaker home, my jaw dropped when I saw it. So, the name for the mushroom was appropriate.

My colony is shared ownership with my son-in-law's younger brothers and we still have our original 1st daughter that was produced by the original Mother Jawbreaker that now resides with Zack at TDF. Since we've owned the colony for 9 years now, we've kept at least 9 granddaughters with nice amount of green and one of them actually had purple before that tank crash and we lost her. 2 years ago, we split the mother colony among the 3 partners and each has several green polyps in their colony. We still keep a mother colony where we frag out for sales, so we do have frags throughout the year. The zoo location is SF is where our mother colony is located.

The 2nd daughter went to a hobbyist in Sacto area, who sold it 3 years ago when he was relocated to Hawaii. He sold everything before moving. The 3rd daughter is still in the San Jose area and I don't know much about the history behind the 3rd daughter. But as of 3 years ago, the hobbyist that owned the original Mother Jawbreaker said the 3rd owner never dropped a baby, just got very big and happily settled in one place in his tank.

Getting back to history, Rommel made the San Jose hobbyist an offer he couldn't refuse (to this day my San Jose customer regrets letting go of the Mother Jawbreaker) and Rommel flip it and sold to Zack at TDF. My only regret is seeing the original Mother Jawbreaker escape from the West Coast. Zack didn't know that the Jawbreaker already had a name and said that Rommel referred to it as a mystery mushroom, unknown and one of a kind. So, Zack named it Mystery TieDye as that's what the Mother looks like.
There is at least 3 lineages of mushrooms called Jawbreakers and that's what makes it confusing. Unless yours leads back to TDF's Mother, you don't have the one that grows to about 5"-6" across, comes in with green and purple as it matures. The other lineages that came in about 9 years ago only grows to about 2"-2.5" and only red and orange. The lineage that came in about 2 years ago is smooth and small, but has the 3 colors quickly. The newest lineage also faster grower. HTH so, yes, one of Jawbreaker lineage is the same as the Mystery TieDye, not the others. "


It took a bit of digging, but I heard/read somewhere that Mark Poletti found his piece at a LFS, before the whole Jawbreaker deal came to light. His is most likely another strain, and is actually the majority of Jawbreakers available in the hobby to this day. I might be wrong about this though and it's just an assumption until Mark Poletti confirms it himself. But Mark's a legend in our part of California and no one else could have grown them like he did. He's done a remarkable job of growing and getting this beautiful coral out to the world instead of making it exclusive. The hobby definitely has much to thank him, otherwise the Jawbreaker would just be another beautiful coral that slowly withered away in tanks.

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One of the most sought after mushroom corals at the moment, and it's no surprise. The chaotic black and purple splashes along the body is a trait not seen in many corals, let alone a mushroom coral. The babies themselves come out as all red, and the chances of them gaining the splashing color patterns isn't guaranteed. Regardless of the pattern, the red is extremely brilliant and gorgeous on its own. But for the ones that do develop it, they'll become a masterpiece.
Your killing me man! Incredible shroom.
I want all your shrooms lol
 
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This is incredibly long overdue. There's so many photos I need to go back on the Flickr account and look through, but here's a couple of recent photos I took!

Moved from the Canon 6D Mark 1 to an EOS R. Not sure if the picture quality is noticeable or too different, but it feels like moving from an early 2000s car to a 2020 model with heated seats, back up camera, and Bluetooth. They both drive you from A to B, but the experience is vastly different. Loving it!

Here's a new cool zoanthid that's been settling down nicely for the past month or so! Loving the unique color patterns, haven't landed on a name yet. Any thoughts on something fitting for this little piece?

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And here's a few more other cool goodies that I've had the pleasure of photographing lately.

Hot Pink Goniopora
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RR USA Koala Eyes Zoanthids. I'll have to get a proper top down photo of these.
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Blue Hornets Zoanthids
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Tyree Orange Rainbows / CB Rainbow Infusions Zoanthids. It seems like the name Rainbow Infusions seems to be the more popular name as of lately, maybe because it sounds more expensive? I have a hard time letting go of the older names to give credit to their lineage/ history. But names in the end are reference points, and reference points can change as time passes.
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Maui Waui Rhodactus
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Hot Red-Pink Deepwater Ricordea. I've had this special Ricordea for many months now and it looks more amazing every day. Might even end up keeping it as I don't run into Ricordeas like these very often.
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I was fortunate enough to find a true yellow Ricordea. Been over 10 years since I found one of these!
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Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing and updating!
The Canon R looks to be working well. Are these are still shot with the 100mm macro lens? Do you use a tripod? Is the lens IS?
DO you use aperture mode or a different setting most often?
Lighting during these shots is set up how?
 
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Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing and updating!
The Canon R looks to be working well. Are these are still shot with the 100mm macro lens? Do you use a tripod? Is the lens IS?
DO you use aperture mode or a different setting most often?
Lighting during these shots is set up how?
I have a little write up about camera gear here! https://www.legendary-corals.com/post/our-camera-set-up

The EOS R is a little bit of a learning curve compared to my old 6D, but it's a welcomed one. Just means it's different enough to tinker with! No tripod, all free hand and shot in Manual. Typically the shots range from the following settings:

Mode: Manual
Shutter Speed: Minimum 1/25 with my hand resting against the tank for balance, 1/50 is a comfortable speed for hand held non-moving subjects!
Aperture: 5.0 seems to be a good sweet spot for most coral frags and subjects. I go to 6.0+ if the coral has more depth of field like a Goniopora or Torch.
ISO: Just anything below 800 is ok with me. Most of the photos I take are for the website and won't be turned into posters, so a little grain isn't too noticeable on our devices. :)
Lighting: Just the overhead Kessils. Before I used to use a supplemental Kessil attached to a gooseneck as a spotlight, but have moved away from that method.
 
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A couple of more sessions to share! A lot of the zoanthids were looking great and eager for a photo shoot.

Enjoying the zoanthid garden looking nice and full before I have to start fragging them all up again.
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Blue Deaths Protopaly Zoanthids. The striations on the body are much more prominent than Purple Deaths. The tips also have a soft minty coloration, with the body a more indigo color than Purple Deaths. The difference between the two is much more obvious in person. These are great for any reefer looking for a more Uncommon Zoanthid morph than Purple Deaths.
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Ah, one of the holy grails for many rare zoanthid keepers. GB Emperors V2 Zoanthids are sought after for their bright orange with black splatter combination, along with the infamous green accents on their skirt that classify them as a "rainbow maul." GB Emperor V2 Zoanthids have a more "flat" body shape compared to other rainbow mauls such as Flaming Mohican Zoanthids, and are a bit more sensitive to care for. This morph is best left only to the serious enthusiast with lots of experience caring for zoanthids or if you're up for a challenge! You'll be rewarded with one of the most sought after zoanthids in the hobby.
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I'll always have a soft spot for one of our originals, LC Petroglyphs Zoanthids. When they're big and happy, they're just so photogenic.
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Very excited to have these in the farm, RR USA Koala Eyes Zoanthids! The center coloration is a bit difficult to capture on camera, I'll have to try and take a different angle when photographing them again. But those rainbow skirts are so beautiful!
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Cheers,
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Another small photo shoot while all of the Zoanthids are looking nice and pretty

Frankie's Acid Trips Zoanthids. I expect these to be a hit among high end zoanthid collectors. They're just starting to make their rounds across the US.
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PZ Prometheans Zoanthids. Not sure if they're old enough to be considered "Old School" but they're still a rather elusive morph to run into.
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RR USA Koala Eyes Zoanthids. Lovely rainbow lashes with a very odd choice in naming.
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SBB Hephaestus Zoanthids, one of the most sought after high-end zoanthids out in the hobby right now
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And a zoanthid garden glamour shot, with LC Antimatters Zoanthids in the center.
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Having a bit more fun with the camera tonight! A few new pieces entering the farm along with a few other pieces that have been here for much longer.

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Cheers,
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A couple of new photos of some corals and anemones around the frag tanks, along with a big photo shoot of the Ricordeas that have been coloring up and adjusting under our Kessil AP9X units for the past few months.

A gorgeous yellow tipped flame variant Bubbletip Anemone.
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A beautiful Bubblegum Digitata hanging around some of our higher flow portions of the frag tank, a low maintenance but gorgeous SPS coral.
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A few CC Magic Carpet / CB Fire Mushroom Corals being propagated. So much bright coloration in one mushroom coral.
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One of the "fluffiest" SPS corals in the hobby and is luckily relatively easy to care for as well! Birds of Paradise Birdsnest is a great choice for all levels of hobbyist, as it's more resilient to parameter swings as compared to more sensitive species like Acroporas.
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And now onto all of the Ricordea photo spam! There's just so many beautiful specimens that we've been nurturing over the past few months. Some of them have already split on their own! Here's a small glimpse of the variety we have here in the farm that will be making an appearance soon to the website. Just message us if there's any specific piece you'd like!
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Cheers,
Darwin
 

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