Crazy Sandal Coral Resurfaces after 5 Years of Growout!

Normally, when a wild and crazy version of a free living coral turns up, it’s generally sold for a premium and it disappears into a private collection. But thankfully, the truly incredible orange-splashed Fungiid that we featured five years ago…

Green splash sandal corals begin to appear in manageable sizes

As an avid fungiid lover, we were absolutely thrilled to visit that ginormous green splash sandal coral at Global Oceanic Life after MACNA. At the same time we regretted that such an awesome coral was of such an unrealistic size…

Sandal Coral, Sandalolitha dentata can grow to ginormous proportions

Sandalolitha dentata, the Sandal Coral, can grow so huge that it may be the only coral brought up by a collecting diver, such as the story of how this one specimen was collected. Easily over 18 inches long (46cm), this…

Sandalolitha boucheti, a new species of Fungiid stony coral from Vanuatu and Sabah Malaysia

Sandalolitha boucheti is a new species of Fungiid stony coral that demonstrates the need for more basic coral species research and surveying. Seems like every week we have new species of reef fish being described but it’s much less often…

Five most interesting new coral species described in 2012

From cave-dwelling corals to a new species of the popular Euphyllia coral, 2012 was a very good year for completely unknown stony corals. Some have never been and will never be seen in reef aquaria, while others are prime candidates…

More Videos of LiveAquaria’s Exotic Reef Life

If you thought we could contain our visit to LiveAquaria in a single video, well then you underestimate how much awesomeness this facility holds in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. If you watched our previous video tour of LiveAquaria, Kevin Kohen…

Plating Astreopora randalli discovered in a green-splattered color morph

Over the last couple of years we’ve had the distinct great privilege of visiting exotic coral reefs, many of which have never been seen by divers, or at least visitors with such a strong focus on the corals that actually…

Can’t Say I’ve Ever Seen A Cyclo Like This One!

I like to think I’ve seen my fair share of disc and fungiid corals, I was alone in my appreciation of Lithophyllon in the early 2000s and I’ve got Sandalolitha frags out in the wild that are going on 14 years old.…

Reef Builders Magazine – Editorial 1

Welcome to a new chapter in the history of Reef Builders, what a great way to kick off a new year by introducing Reef Builders Magazine, a new on-line publication ready to promote excitement in this fascinating hobby of ours.¬†…

Friday Smorgasbord: Insane in the Chromatophores, Shark bait, lionfish derby results, improving reefs via water, and garbage cleanup off Miami reef

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-OVrI9x8Zs[/youtube] We like squids and we like Cypress Hill. Combine the two and you have this visually stunning and scientifically fascinating video. Cephalopods change their appearance through color-changes cells called¬†chromatophores that are neurologically stimulated via electrical signals in the squid.…