Vincent Chalias
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Vincent is a coral passionate aquarist with extensive experience in the industry, travelling the world to learn about corals. His background is a master degree in Marine Aquaculture. He set up the first Indonesian Coral mariculture farms at the beginning of the century and spent over 20 years in Indonesia running them. He's been extensively diving and documenting corals all over the Indo-Pacific.

Are Resting Copepod eggs the next Aquaculture revolution?

A Norwegian Aquaculture company has brought to market a very interesting product that could be the next revolution in the ornamental fish breeding industry. Until now, prey culture has always been the bottleneck of marine fish aquaculture. But C-Feed has…

Dendrophyllia ijimai might just need too much food

I have seen these amazing Non Photosynthetic Scleractinian (NPS) on a few occasions, mainly in exporting facilities around Indonesia. Dendrophyllia ijimai is a stunning bright orange, thick branching azooxanthellate coral. But with quite a lot of diving under my belt,…

Acropora derawanensis is a true gem!

It’s been a long time since we talked about this very fine coral and recently, during a dive trip, I got lucky and came across one. It’s one of our all-time favorite Acropora and this particular specimen was a lot…

Do blue LEDs narrow our reefkeeping choice?

I’m lucky enough to be able to dive some of the best reefs the ocean gods have given us, but there is not a single dive that I pass a coral or a fish, and wonder why they are not…

Millies and Spaths found hand in hand in Indonesia!

These two iconic Acropora are so closely related that for many years A. spathulata were thought to be thick versions of Acropora millepora on the top and exposed reef. Acropora spathulata was even called A. millepora by the most eminent…

Acropora horrida has so much aquarium potential

Some species of Acropora can go under the radar for many years until, during a dive, we pass by a large field of them, and wonder why this particular Acro is not in all reef tanks. Acropora horrida is quite…

Acropora tenuis is both the easiest and the hardest at the same time

With 25 years at the top of the industry, the most popular Acropora in our hobby cannot be dethroned. So what’s so special about it? This coral gives everyone mixed feelings. It has a tendency towards sudden death, but if…

Grafted Pikachu Acropora anthocercis is a rare sight

It’s the spawning season, and like every year, we spend many nights for months, doing night dives, and observing different spawning species. With coral spawning, there are many missed nights, where nothing is happening. Going from coral to coral, checking…

Russell Kelley Online Coral ID Workshop is back in January 2023

After overwhelmingly positive feedback from the previous workshops, the Online Coral ID Workshops are back, and now spanning 4 days. That’s 16 hours of Indo-Pacific Coral ID Training! Proper coral identification matters and this workshop will teach you all the…

Heliopora hiberniana is more common than we thought

Helioporacea¬†is a pretty unique order of Octocorallia (soft corals), which was thought for a very long time to contain only one single species, Heliopora coerulea, the famous Blue Ridge Coral that incorporates copper into its skeleton. This coral is very…