Very true very true! That captive lineage is something worth top dollar. Check our some of the photos I posted this morning of our captive corals in the Photo section.
For me part of the fun, now that I've seen so much (and still crazy stuff I've never seen like that hammer spawn I posted a picture of), is finding the hidden gems at the wholesale and being able to spot colors that are going to be brought out under my system's conditions.
Not every aquarist has the ability to see acros before they arrive to the stores, where store owners will name them. It's also very true many stores don't even touch SPS
let alone have acro frags growing. We grow our frags under 3 x 400watt MH
and 3 x 250watt MH
with DIY halo rings around them.
Most of the wild stuff are pieces were sitting on waiting to encrust and color up. If we were to sell them before this point they wouldn't be top dollar like the Jason Fox jack-lanterns leaptos (We have 36 frags of them. I don't know many stores with that type of inventory) We have the only mother colony of Tyree R66 Megachrome Montipora. Check out the article on Tyree's website. Suggested retail is $145.. It's the same exact thing as a mystic monti.. I've been staring at it since I got it from Route 66 Marine after they went out of business of July 3rd. It is supposedly the most sought after montipora cap right now by some people.
I'm telling you it's no different than mystic sunset montipora.. There's no major twists hahaha
It is a HUGE colony though.