Coral

Coldwater Marine Aquatics launches first Oregon coldwater retail operation

Cold water aquariums are just plain awesome, and have always captured our hearts in the past. Steve Weast’s 400 gallon cold water reef is just simply spectacular, and the Scandinavian reefs we covered were stunning as well. Now Coldwater Marine…

A Plesiastrea by any other name, is an interesting and often amazing coral

Plesiastrea versipora is a very unique and unique-looking coral which is widespread in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. There is only one other species in the genus Plesiastrea, P. devantieri but like Acanthastrea maxima, that species only comes from the Red Sea and surrounding…

Steamed Palythoas send well-informed aquarist to the emergency room, nearly to the grave

Palythoa toxin from Palythoa and Zoanthus polyps is widely known to be one of the most poisonous substances in the natural world, gram for gram. Armed with this knowledge a well-informed aquarist suited up for Palythoa removal duty from one of his aquarium rocks…

Route 66 Marine’s new Australian branching red goniopora has Porites envy

Red branching goniopora is a novel new growth form of the popular red flowerpot coral which was recently introduced to American reefers by the coral powerhouse, Route 66 Marine. At first glance the pictures of the red branching goni made…

Stellar, simple soft coral and LPS tank is a masterpiece of father and son collaboration

This stellar soft coral reef tank really needs no words.Even though stony, azoox and uber-rare reefs are all the rage, stepping back with some simple soft corals is a welcome break and this tank shows just how nice it can…

Blastomussa loyae resurrected as a valid species from the Red Sea

Blastomussa loyae was first described from the Red Sea in 1978 as a separate species from Blastomussa merleti due to the separated walls and ‘irregular voids’ in the corallites of colonies. Blastomussa loyae was first discovered growing in abundance alongside B. merleti but…

Stunning reef aquarium gets even better after upgrade to Elos Epower and E-liteXp lighting

We love seeing great examples of interesting reef aquariums and this stunning aquarium definitely snagged our attention. We were poking around at DaniReef where we noticed this fine example of a reef tank by Andrea Negu so we figured we…

AZOX Macro Diet coral food by Aqua-Tech launches

Aqua-Tech is releasing its new AZOX Macro Diet coral food. The maker of Phyto2 is extending its product line with this coral food addressing the dietary needs of both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic (azoox) corals. We don’t have the full rundown of the…

Frag Tree 360 by Thrive Aquatics is a unique way to store and grow your frags

The Frag Tree 360 by Thrive Aquatics is a unique and efficient way to store and display your coral frags. Building on the design concept of the Thrive Aquatics Coral Frag plug Tree, the The Frag Tree 360 holds up to 27 frag…

Eguchipsammia at Extreme Corals DE is the first Micro Dendro we’ve seen in a couple years

Eguchipsammia, or Micro Dendro Coral as it is more commonly known is a really cool coral that seemingly no one talks about. Eguchipsammia started showing up in the trade about four years ago where it was widely distributed as Micro…