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Grube’s Gorgonian, a New Soft Coral From ORA

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 11:48 am by
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A few days ago, ORA released their latest soft coral, Grube’s Gorgonian (Pinnigorgia flava). Pronounced “Grooba’s”, this octocoral is described as thin-branched and graceful, and having a tan to pink color. ORA original got the coral from Julian Sprung, and have chosen to cultivate it due to it’s hardiness and fast growth.

Here is a quote from Julian:

It was originally collected in the Philippines around 1990 by Klaus and Rosalia Grube. From their aquarium in Berlin it has spread all over Europe. So many people have it but don’t know where it came from. I got my colony from the Grubes and grew it for several years into a big bush. I gave a cutting to Peter Wilkens, who took it back to Switzerland and grew it at Wiwi Aquaria. He gave a cutting to Jean Jacques Eckert in France, who still cultivates it in his aquarium. I lost my original colony suddenly about 12 years ago, but was able to get a new cutting from Jean Jacques Eckert during a visit with him for a Récif France conference. I’ve been careful to maintain it now in several tanks. For me this coral is always a reminder of my visit to Berlin where I met Dietrich Stüber and the many wonderful hobbyists there, including Klaus and Rose Grube.

Frags of the Grube’s Gorgonian will be approximately 2 inches, and attached to the black ORA frag plugs.

ORA recommends moderate flow, with anywhere from low to high lighting.

Let us know what you think of this latest release from ORA

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