SPS Corals

Two Dipsastraea speciosa corals we wish we’d bought when we saw them

Do you ever regret not buying a coral? We were scrolling through our phone pictures recently when we were reminded of two “Favia” which were on sale when we worked in a wholesaler’s. There we dealt with thousands of corals…

The Challenge With Grafted/Protein Infected Corals

The reef aquarium hobby has always had some degree of obsession with any new or unique coral strains and varieties. It’s therefore no surprise that when reefers first started discovering irregular patches of color in SPS corals like Acros and…

Bali Aquarium Becomes the first Licensed Ex-Situ Coral Farm in Indo

Over 20 years after becoming the first in-situ (Ocean Farm), licensed coral farm in Indonesia, Bali Aquarium has done it again, becoming the first ex-situ (inland) licensed coral farm in Indonesia to obtain export quota for these corals. It’s been…

Montipora dilatata is a Unique Pacific Ocean Species

The rarity of certain coral strains is completely relative but there’s ten times more species that reefers have never seen in the aquarium hobby that are completely absent from coral lover’s radar. The central Pacific Ocean is bigger than the planet…

World’s First Grafted Anacropora Pops up for Reef Raft

We’ve seen the ‘grafting’ phenomenon of different fluorescent proteins infecting a wide range of SPS corals including Acropora, Montipora, Stylocoeniella and even Turbinaria but the new grafted Anacropora from Reef Raft are the first of their kind. It’s only quite recently that the reef aquarium…

The Funnest Part of Reefing with Happy Little Corals

Setting up a reef tank can be a lot of work – getting the whole system right where you want it in terms of the placement, rock scape, lighting, flow, chemistry levels, not to mention gear selection to get your reef…

Thin Branching Red Montipora & Anacropora Comparison

Thin branching Montipora are among some of the fastest growing small polyp stony corals in the world and many varieties and species have become quite prolific in the reef aquarium world. Recent years have seen a greater interest in the…

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…

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…

Montipora capitata, the Plating & Branching Bumpy Monti

Montipora capitata is a distinctive species of coral which can have a very dynamic appearance depending on where it comes from. This wide ranging Montipora species is one of the dominant stony corals of Hawaiian coral reefs where it is…