First Captive Spawning of Homophyllia australis, the Australian ‘Scolie’

For the past ten years my work has been focused on successfully inducing coral spawning events in aquariums, but Homophyllia australis is a species that remained elusive to me despite four years of effort and commitment. The challenge of working…

Second Generation Acropora Successfully Raised at Horniman Museum

it was around six years ago that Jamie Craggs and the Horniman Museum & Gardens first successfully spawned and raised Acropora corals in an aquarium environment. Now this same team has succeeded in spawning the first generation of corals they…

Aquariums are Saving the Last Florida Pillar Corals

A team of Scientist and Aquarist from the Florida Aquarium, last month broke the news for spawning in captivity for the first time, the last remaining live colonies of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) known from Florida state waters.  Aquarium Industry…

My Corals are Dying: Why?

    Over the years I have been asked a lot of questions. Some have come and gone over time, like what is the best whatever or what fish or coral can I add to my tank. Some, however, have…

Horniman’s ‘Lab Grown’ Tenuis Acros Are The REAL Limited Edition Corals!

For the last twenty years a certain subset of wild corals have been deemed to be ‘limited edition’, but since these come from the boundless ocean, how limited could they be? Well today we have what is perhaps one of…

ReefStock Pulled Out All The Stops For Its 10th Year

          After having been to and spoken at virtually every reef show that has occurred in North America over the past 30 years I may be a bit jaded in terms of what I expect at a…

The 10th ReefStock is just Over A Month Away!

Just about ten years ago, I started the ReefStock conference in Denver Colorado during a time when reef hobbyist events were very rare. When I set out to do ReefStock for the first time, I never imagined ever doing it…

A Visit to The Horniman Museum and Gardens

During the early days of the hobby there was sort of a barrier that existed between hobbyists, public aquarists and researchers that only some individuals like Bruce Carlson crossed. As a result, at MACNA V in 1993 in Toronto, many…

What a public aquarium looked like back in 1905

It is amazing how much we have progressed in the last century. When looking back at these early photographs of London’s Honiman Musuem’s first aquariums, it is even more impressive where we are today. These snapshots date back to around…

UK’s Horniman successfully completes in-vitro fertilization of captive corals

The UK’s Horniman Museum and Gardens has accomplished the first successful in-vitro fetilization of captive coral when a collection of corals transplanted from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 2015, recently spawned. The spawning event in December that released approximately 130,000 eggs from nice corals of two…