Coral

LiveAquaria’s Diver’s Den gets NPS section

Yesterday was a big day for the NPS (non-photosynthetic) crowd with LiveAquaria’s Diver’s Den – a store well known for it’s high quality WYSIWYG livestock – finally adding a section dedicated to NPS corals. The Diver’s Den NPS section will…

Red Epizoanthus from Cortez Marine are sure to please the Azoox and NPS reefers

Red Epizoanthus are not new to the hobby, but it certainly has been a long time since we’ve seen them around. A few years ago the mainstream reefing crowd could have cared less about non-photosynthetic zoanthids but like the white…

Simon Garratt’s inspiring intertidal reef at six months

[youtube width=”640″ height=”505″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6MUPVyFDUM[/youtube] Simon Garratt, our reefing friend across the pond, recently posted a video of his latest experiment an intertidal reef-flat biotope and we were able to garner a few nuggets of wisdom from Simon on the genesis of the…

Green Devil’s Hand Lobophytum is the coolest leather coral we’ve seen in a long time

It’s not too often we get excited about a new soft coral strain but this neon green devil’s hand leather coral, a Lobophytum species, is most certainly an exception to that rule. With bright green polyps and an even brighter…

Acropora spathulata is the “thick milli Acro” endemic to Australia

Acropora millepora is one of the most iconic and recognizable SPS corals on the reef and in the aquarium trade. However, within shipments of Australian Acro Millis we’ve secretly been receiving a lurker species endemic to Australian reefs, Acropora spathulata.…

Sympodium encrusting soft coral starting to appear in blue and green colors

Sympodium is an interesting encrusting soft coral which is just beginning to show up in some coral shipments. We personally spied the Sympodium colony above tucked away in a corner of a display tank at Amazing Aquariums and Reefs and…

SoCal Coral Candies part two: Vivid has some neon chalice and SPS corals

In the second part of last weekend’s Southern California tour we made it up to Vivid Aquariums, a Reef Builders sponsor operating in Thousand Oaks Canoga Park, North of L.A. The reputation that Vivid Aquariums has earned has preceded them…

SoCal Coral Candies from AquaSD and Amazing Aquariums & Reefs

Amazing Aquariums and Reefs We’ve been bouncing the greater Southern California reefing region for an extended weekend now and we’ve already had the good fortune to stop by two of the area’s finest reef stores, AquaSD and Amazing Aquariums &…

Help us rename the “Rama Lama Ding Dong” zoanthids

We stopped by AquaSD in San Diego yesterday and we were really taken by these beautiul large zoanthids with the most awful hobby name. The large zoanthids pictured above have the most beautiful combination of green mouths, green center oral…

Australomussa rowleyensis colonies from Timor Indonesia put this coral on the map

Australomussa rowleyensis is not quite a chalice coral, not quite an LPS and although it once was just an unusual curiosity that was sometime spotted in shipments from Indo and Australia, this amazing crop of Australomussa from Timor Indonesia is…