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.

Purple X Yellow Tang Hybrid is a Crowning Achievement for Bali Aquarich

We recently paid a long overdue visit to Mr Su who’s Bali Aquarich is a Marine fish Photography heaven. We always get to take pictures of the craziest fish possible whenever we go there, and this time was no exception.…

Ultimate Mycedium Chalice Corals Spotted in Indonesia

We love to photograph Mycedium under water – Mycedium elephantotus is probably one of the most photogenic corals because it always exhibit a variety of bright colors on the same colony with contrasting mouths. During a diving trip in central…

This is why Lobophyllia flabelliformis is Called ‘Carpet Lobo’

While ‘coral-ing’ in North Bali, we came upon an insane colony of Lobophyllia flabelliformis we couldn’t resist to photograph and share with you. But we came across while foraging for coral observation in North Bali, a colony of Lobophyllia like…

New Half-Black/Lemonpeel Angelfish Hybrid produced by Bali Aquarich

In our latest visit to Mr Su famous ornamental fish hatchery, we were greeted with many fish of different sizes and slightly different coloration all of them being hybrids of Centropyge flavissima and C. vrolicki. The very strange thing with…

Chameleon Pachies are Packed with Color

Acanthastrea pachysepta is one of the most recognizable and hardy LPS corals even if they are still commonly confused with Lobophyllia. Ever since this coral was imported, we knew it couldn’t be mixed with any Lobophyllia without a risk of being…

Acid Trip Cyphastrea Just Melted My Brain

Ultra Coral Australia, the famous Australian coral business owned by master coral collector and farmer Nic Dos Santos, just showed us some pictures of a Cyphastrea coral that blew our mind! Multicolored Cyphastrea are quite a common sight. But this…

Red Mini-Maxi Anemone Lives Much Deeper than we Thought

Mini maxi Carpet anemones, Homactis tapetum, have been a hot commodity from Vietnam for a long time already. They used to come in all possible coloration, and it took us quite a long time to actually discover their habitat in…

Crazy Cave Dwelling Leptoseris Survives in Almost Total Darkness

On a recent dive on a deep reef in Indonesia, we noticed a very unique coral under a ledge. It was a very colorful specimen of Leptoseris foliosa with very unusual coloration unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. We had…

Urban Coral are Adapting Surprising Well!

A very interesting paper from Coral Morphologic, written by Colin Foord and J.D. McKay came out recently. Coral Morphologic is well known for bringing the spot light on corals through arts and webcam for more than a decade now. But…

There’s a Lot of Phoney ‘Maricultured’ Coral in the Hobby

As the old adage goes ‘if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t’ and this wholly applies to many different corals being classified as maricultured. Everyone who deals in and sells corals should be aware of what…