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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…

Montipora dilatata is a Unique Pacific Ocean Species

The rarity of certain coral strains is completely relative but there’s ten times more┬áspecies 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…

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…

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…

Experimenting With Color Mixing in Montipora

Montipora species are beloved reef aquarium corals for a number of reasons, their range of shapes, range of colors, and more recently for their surprising ability to acquire new colors/pigments into what the hobby calls ‘grafting’. This phenomenon is more…

Non-Native Stony Corals Removed from Hawaiian Reef

Hawaii is renowned for its high concentration of endemism both in the sea and on land, and the biggest threat to native hawaiian species is almost always introduced species of plants and animals. Therefore you can imagine the alarm bells…

Don’t Freak Out About Minimal Tissue Loss on SPS Corals

SPS corals like Montipora, Acropora and many others are some of the most diverse, colorful and interesting stony corals we can keep and grow in aquariums. Along with their fast growth and incomparable colors comes some risk because their fast…

Grafted Digitata: WWC Developing an Exciting New Coral Strain!

Grafted SPS coral strains, that is ones with an ‘infection’ of fluorescent proteins, are a very popular natural phenomenon that coral farmers work hard to develop in aquarium colonies. This bizarre occurrence is widespread and can be found in a…

True Green Elkhorn Montipora Finally Discovered!

When it was first introduced in the early 2000s, the Elkhorn Montipora quickly became one of the fastest growing strains of aquarium corals. This coral grows so fast that within a few years it was no longer welcome in a…

Mystery Montipora from the Solomon Islands Defies Identification

One of the reasons we all love keeping, growing and collecting corals from tropical places is because they are a mystery, and their identification can be very hard to pin down. It’s precisely because of all this uncertainty that we’ve…