New! Laura’s Purple Polyp Acropora

This new coral from ORA has been nearly 5 years in the making, but we decided to ask our fans to help us name it! After a lengthy social media search for the perfect name, we chose the early suggestion from Ian Glish on Instagram of Laura’s Purple Polyp Acropora. We would like to thank everyone who contributed, there were so many great suggestions to pick from. Peacock Acropora was a close runner up and we found Moon Cheese especially entertaining.

Laura’s Purple Polyp is named in honor our Sales Office Manager and most tenured employee. Laura has a great love for the ocean and was a volunteer at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute before being hired as a broodstock technician for the young ORA, 18 years ago. Her compassion and dedication to animals is unrivaled and she has stuck with us through thick and thin. Her soothing voice and friendly advice will soon be absent from the sales office though. In the coming months she is going to transition back to the broodstock department so she can return to her true passion, caring for animals. Join us in thanking Laura for all she’s done for the ORA sales office!

You can read more about our new coral on the product page here. Tell your local fish store to order your frag today!

Build a MIMF Zoanthid Collection

ORA has long been asked, “why don’t you raise more zoanthids?” Well, that time has come! These colonial soft corals have become more popular than ever lately, with new elaborate names and more extravagant per polyp prices popping up at every frag swap. Meanwhile, ORA has been working on bringing affordable and attractive zoanthid frags to hobbyists utilizing the endless broodstock varieties available around our tropical Micronesian coral farm, known as MIMF. We have created an assorted collection of vibrant colors and two tone polyps and sustainably grown them on easy to conceal discs. These readily available zoanthid frags are now shipping to local fish stores near you!

2014 Year In Review

ORA 2014 Year In Review

As the curtains fall on 2014, ORA looks back on our most productive year to date. While other ornamental aquaculture facilities spent the year figuring out how to put more stripes on a clownfish, ORA has been focused on the development of new species; aggressively pushing the boundaries of marine aquaculture. While clownfish remain the cornerstone of our operation, the aquarium hobby deserves and requires more than just designer clowns.

This year we have added over 16 new items to our lineup. Including 13 new fish, eight of which are industry firsts. We even completed our second entire genus. Not all of these new fish are colorful, not all of them are particularly remarkable by hobbyist standards, but each of them have been important stepping stones. Each new species provides us with insights that help us overcome the challenges we face as we work with new and more difficult species. We even learn new things that improve our ability to raise the species we currently work with. Continue reading