Coral

Anacapa Island dive video shows that there’s a whole lot more to Azoox reefing than just corals

When we think of Azoox reefing, we imagine dimly lit tanks with balanced color and a living carpet of reef life which is only represented in small part by corals. Since corals are the real photo-symbiosis specialists on the reef,…

Awesome dancing nano reef is a masterpiece of common reef life

The dancing 25 gallon nano reef has a lot going for it; a vortech pump, LED lighting, great looking common marine animals, moderate use of live rock and an overall look which is greater than the sum of its parts.…

Colangia, Culicia and Astrangia are the latest new Azoox corals to come from West Africa

Colangia, Culicia and Astrangia are not exactly the corals you’d think of when someone mentions azoox corals. Like Arcohelia before them, the latest crop of Azoox corals from West Africa like the Red Colangia and yellow-orange Culicia will hopefully foster…

Captive grown red goniopora balls from ORA are just for show

Red Goniopora balls are an unusual growth phenomenon which seems to be an artifact of captive growth conditions. ORA recently shared a story about how daughter colonies of red Goniopora, presumably G. stutchburyi, which started out as typical eraser size…

Sander’s reef is quite a beast at almost 11 feet

The video of Sander’s reef aquarium pretty much speaks for itself; this is one long and awesome tank.  The tank measures 130x24x18”  for a volume of around 235 gallons and is lit by two 8 x 80 watt ATI fixtures.  The T5 fluorescent…

The cold water reef tank of Steve Weast is Azoox with stealth water flow

Cold water marine aquariums are few and far between, and cold water reef tanks are an even rarer breed. While most reefers spend their efforts running tropical reef tanks with warm water and high powered lights, after building a few…

Coral larvae know the meaning of stoplight colors, backwards

It is common knowledge in the coral reef aquarium world that corals fluoresce in a multitude of colors, but coral larvae fluoresce as well. Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) is one of the most common fluorescent pigments found in the natural…

Rising ocean temperatures is making some coral populations move to cooler reefs

In addition to coral bleaching events, increases in ocean temperatures are having another affect on reef building corals, with populations of some species migrating away from the equator. A new study found corals around Japan shifting north to waters thought…

Vietnam may soon begin exporting hard corals

Details are scant but we’ve just got word that Vietnam may soon begin exporting stony corals. So far we’ve only seen some soft corals, giant clams and fish species exported from Vietnam. The most notable Vietnamese marine life exports have…

This Rainbow Acanthophyllia is one of the nicest we’ve ever seen

The rainbow Acanthophyllia coral we came across this weekend is one of the nicest meat corals we’ve ever seen. We spotted this gorgeous meat coral at Mile High Aquatics in Parker, Colorado and we were impressed at how this coral…