Sinularia mesophotica, A New Species of Photosyntetic Soft Coral From The Deep

Sinularia mesophotica is a new species of soft coral that has just been described from the deep waters of the Red Sea. This coral is special for a number reasons, not the least of which is how deep it was found…

Sinularia levi, a new species of soft coral from the Red Sea

There’s a new soft coral on the books and it’s called Sinularia levi. This new species of finger leather coral comes to us from the shallow waters of the Red Sea. Sinularia levi was described from a re-examination of S. polydactyla, the pulsing…

Sinularia dura, the one and only cabbage leather coral

The cabbage leather coral, Sinularia dura, is one of those inimitable corals that all reefers should keep at some point in their aquarium career. This coral has the potential to be incredibly beautiful but it is rarely ever displayed in a flattering…

Get to know the leather corals: Sarcophyton, Lobophytum and Sinularia

Leather corals are a group of soft coral which includes the genus Sarcophyton, Lobophytum and Sinularia. Leather corals are easy to care for and a great addition to any tank, and within these groups, there are several species of leather corals…

New Sinularia Clades begin to sort out over 150 soft coral species

Sinularia Clades are part of a new classification of soft corals that was published recently in the journal Invertebrate Biology. The study by McFadden et. al used molecular analysis to establish relationships between the 150 species of Sinularia that sorted…

We Can Only Dream of a Reef Tank Looking Like the Corals of Lizard Island

There’s no shortage of videos of wild ocean scenes, habitats and marinelife but these are almost exclusively of megafauna. If you want to see footage of sharks, dolphins, sea turtles or even more sharks, video hosting sites like YouTube have…

In Memorium: Octocoral taxonomist Dr. Leen P. van Ofwegen

On June 25th, 2021, one of the preeminent octocoral taxonomists, Dr. Leen P. van Ofwegen of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, passed away. Though his name may not be immediately familiar to the average aquarist or diver, his impact on our…

Cetus 2 LED Offers The Ideal Wavelength For Low To Medium Light Corals

The Cetus 2 is a pendant-style LED by HME Electronics is ideal for small aquariums with low to medium light corals. The Cetus 2 comes with an updated smartphone app (HME AquaMaster) allowing users to customize and select various light…

What Should You Add First To A New Saltwater Reef Tank

Adding your first tank inhabitants is fun and exhilarating. But, it’s important to add the right creatures at the right time to ensure their survival and the health of your newly established reef tank. Start With A Clean Up Crew…

Oceanexus Magnetic Rock Is Perfect For Creating Floating Reefscapes

Oceanexus Taiwan recently teased a floating reefscape created with their new magnetic frag rock. The frag rocks come in two sizes and are currently available in Taiwan and Asia, although coming soon to the USA. The high power magnets allow…