Pink Panther Acro ingested green pigment

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I thought this was kind of cool to share. One of the frags from my pink panther ingested some green pigment. Here is pic of infected frag and mother. Does anyone know what is happening here and will it stay or spread? Would be neat if we could learn how this happens and start manipulating acro colors ourself

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That is really cool. It looks like the same type of acro as the hung rainbow as well. I wonder if some corals are more apt to accept a GFP and if we could force it to occur
 

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I've wondered this as well. These guys usually generate big prices so I imagine some have tried. I'm a molecular biologist and I'm stumped a bit. The only thing that makes sense is a DNA virus that spreads the gfp gene from a GFP containing coral to the Acropora.
 
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I've wondered this as well. These guys usually generate big prices so I imagine some have tried. I'm a molecular biologist and I'm stumped a bit. The only thing that makes sense is a DNA virus that spreads the gfp gene from a GFP containing coral to the Acropora.
i wonder if the act of fragging weakens it causing it to be more susceptible for this to occur
 
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Yes that’s correct. I fragged it a couple weeks ago. Today I went to take WYSIWYG pics of the frag to post for sale on the website. That’s when I noticed the green pigmentation. It was not there when I made the frag a couple weeks ago.
 

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There are lots of viruses in the world that are more of a nuisance than dangerous. I think that you're correct and the frag was a bit stressed and more readily infected. DNA viruses can enter the genome of an animal and stay there for the entire lifetime of the animal. (Like chicken pox for us humans)

My guess is there will be no visible disease symptoms and the frag will be just fine. As it expands into a colony it will be very interesting to see which polyps get infected and which don't. Hopefully it acts like the colony I posted earlier.

This is definitely quite cool and glad you posted it!
 

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