Coral

Orange Frogspawn coral morphs appears in both branching species, from Indonesia

This weekend at Fragstock in Denver CO we caught sight of some amazing orange frogspawn coral that was being offered by Midwest Saltwater. We’ve seen the yellow torches and the orange hammers, but the orange frogspawn was definitely a first…

Alien Eye Spiny Chalice Pectinia at Vivid is truly a unique coral

Holy moly, we have so much stuff to post today we may as well get started with a little eye candy. And by eye candy we do mean this truly unique Pectinia alcicornis which by chalice naming convention should be…

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…

Fauna Marin LPS pellet coral food quickly eaten by a Scolymia australis

The LPS Pellet coral food by Fauna Marin sure seems to elicit a strong feeding response in this Scolymia australis. As you can see in the video above by our sponsor Cherry Corals, within less than 90 seconds of sprinkling…

The Enduring Allure of “Chalices”: What’s the Deal?

I don’t know if it’s just one of those things that happens when you get older- you start questioning everything in the hobby: Conventions, norms, and trends are but a few of the things you ponder. I’m not grumpy, believe…

Goniopora tenuidens, the blue Goni gets the spiral fusion treatment

Justin Credabel has been one of our reefing homeys for many years now and as logn as we’ve known him he has had a long standing love affair with flowerpot corals. In addition to making really creative and adorable music…