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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…

The Hybrid Beauty, Blue Phantom Angelfish by Poma Labs

Guest Author – Ken Kwan Back in 2019, Poma Labs revealed a new hybrid angelfish called the blue phantom. A hybrid between the beautiful Blue Line Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis), and the Black Phantom angelfish (Chaetodontoplus sp)., a distinctive and very dark…

World Wide Corals 13th Anniversary Live Sale!

Come celebrate World Wide Corals 13th Anniversary Live Sale! Posting 3,100+ frags in 32 hours, with over 300 $5 frags, and Raffle Prizes too.  The sale starts this weekend on reef2reef.com and here at ReefBuilders are crazy excited to see…

Ventralis Anthias, Observations and Experiences on their Captive Care

I was always under the impression that ventralis anthias (Pseudanthias ventralis) were hard to keep, as they are often listed as “expert only”. I have always loved the looks of this fish and was a Holy Grail fish to me…

Coral Snorkeling, Murex Bangka Back Reef

Coral Snorkeling Murex Bangka Back Reef When visiting Bangka island, you don’t have to go far to experience world-class coral snorkeling. The coral reef behind Murex Bangka Resort has an impressive diversity of marine life which is easy to spot…

Learn To Spot Meandering Coral

Meandering Coral Growth Form Meandering corals are next up on our list of coral growth forms. Meandering is just another word for brain corals as the long meandering walls and valleys looks like a brain! There are many different species…

Top 5 Spots You Must See Snorkeling Solomon Islands

Snorkeling Solomon Islands The Solomon Islands is a South Pacific destination surrounded by crystal blue water teeming with life. Combined with charming islands bungalows, and a uniquely different culture, the Solomon Islands is a tropical holiday destination waiting to be…

Simon’s Nature Reserve, Snorkeling Solomon Islands With Raiders Hotel

Simon’s Nature Reserve A hidden gem for snorkeling the Solomon Islands you won’t want to miss! Simon’s Nature Reserve is located in the sandfly passage Solomon Islands, north of Nggela Island and a one hour boat ride from the Raiders…

Snorkeling With Manta Rays at Uepi Island Resort Solomon Islands

Snorkeling with Manta Rays Snorkeling with Manta Rays is on the top of many ocean enthusiasts wishlist. An encounter with this charismatic megafauna inspires ocean dreams and can even be the foundation of planning a tropical getaway. Manta encounters can…

Dive Munda Solomon Islands Has A Coral Nursery!

Munda Solomon Islands A few years ago I met Belinda, one of the owners of Dive Munda, and we quickly became friends. After chatting for a while about scuba diving, the Solomon Islands, and yes you guessed it CORALS, Belinda…