All the ones I've seen (including mine) ship very well and arrive with the brilliant colors you see in pictures. There are a lot of "fake" watermelon chalices being offered, some of which are very nice but some of which are a far cry from the original colony; You might want to check the pedigree on the one you got.
Sorry to hear about your chalice troubles. However, even though I see lots of vendors blame the discrepancy between what landed at the customer vs what was pictured as "shipping stress", IME a coral isn't going to drastically change colors just cause it was shipped overnight.
Interesting. That looks exactly like my chalice that was sold as an Alien-Eye-Chalice. It was a little bowner than that but now has that colouration, a really bright growth ring (a little more "luminous" than the what I see in your picture and the green/yellow eyes.
I must get a good photo sometimg to have you lot tell me it's a fake-watermelon chalice I thnk I spent 40$ on it (high for me, but the green looked really stunning in the store.)
There are several watermelon pedigrees out there....but....as the name implies.....the field should be a bright pink/red.... the growing edge should be bright green.... and the eyes should be a green/yellow. This isn't one of the pedigrees....it was a wild colony; but, it gives you an idea as to the coloration required to be in the "watermelon" genre.
It was. Thats what's confusing. The coral has all the shape and so forth of the one on the webpage, its just a different color. The webpage pic was under 20k and I have 14K, but it shouldnt make THIS much difference.
I'm convinced its stress related now. I've observed a few more signs of coral stress since I last posted. Tank is in good shape, so it should come around shortly though.