Grafted Digitata: WWC Developing an Exciting New Coral Strain!

Grafted SPS coral strains, that is ones with an ‘infection’ of fluorescent proteins, are a very popular natural phenomenon that coral farmers work hard to develop in aquarium colonies. This bizarre occurrence is widespread and can be found in a…

An ode to purple Montipora digitata in the aquarium, and in nature

Purple Montipora digitata is hands down, one of the most beautiful and colorful small polyp stony corals available for aquariums, bar none. There, we’ve said it, professed our love for a coral that no matter how many times you’ve seen…

So Much to Dig about Montipora digitata!

As I grew to love SPS corals, one in particular stood out and caught my eye: Montipora digitata. I have found M. digitata to be a fast-growing, hardy SPS coral that, once established in a well-balanced reef tank, can really…

The Stony Coral Jungle Reef Tank of Evan Montgomery

Evan Montgomery has been reefing for quite a while and during his time assisting at the Reef Builders Studio he’s sharpened his reef building skills even more. We’ve featured Mr.Montgomery’s reef tank a couple times over the years but this…

Are Reefers Ready for the Immortal Tort?

The Immortal Tort is a unique strain of Acropora that is part of one of the most interesting origin stories of perhaps any coral in the reef aquarium hobby. As far as we know the image above is one of…

The Bali Aquarium Armageddon Tenuis is just mind blowing!

For quite a few years now, the ‘Homewrecker’ Acropora tenuis has been high on the wish list of many reefers. We thought it will be difficult to beat that one, and take years before we would see any other tenuis…

Unboxing Fresh Frags from Worldwide Corals [Video]

Everyone loves new frags and last week we had the good fortune of visiting the Disneyland of aquarium frag culture, Worldwide Corals in Orlando Florida. As is tradition, we spent the majority of our time documenting as much as we…

Experimenting With Color Mixing in Montipora

Montipora species are beloved reef aquarium corals for a number of reasons, their range of shapes, range of colors, and more recently for their surprising ability to acquire new colors/pigments into what the hobby calls ‘grafting’. This phenomenon is more…

Non-Native Stony Corals Removed from Hawaiian Reef

Hawaii is renowned for its high concentration of endemism both in the sea and on land, and the biggest threat to native hawaiian species is almost always introduced species of plants and animals. Therefore you can imagine the alarm bells…

True Green Elkhorn Montipora Finally Discovered!

When it was first introduced in the early 2000s, the Elkhorn Montipora quickly became one of the fastest growing strains of aquarium corals. This coral grows so fast that within a few years it was no longer welcome in a…