SPS Corals

Pacific Island Elhorn Acropora really does look a lot like A. palmata

Almost four years ago we shared with you the discovery of a Pacific Elkhorn Acropora coral; today we can tell you about finding and seeing this coral for ourselves and boy does it look a lot like its Caribbean counterpart.…

Stony coral gems of Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands

We’re writing to you live from the reefs of Ebeye Island at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. We know a lot about the Marshall Islands for their rare and endemic reef fish and especially wrasses, but…

Corals touching in aquariums is not the end of the world

It’s easy to get caught up in aquarium dogma and the reefing world is no different with prescribed military food tray style separation of all corals. But in practice the interactions between corals that are similar, and between those that…

New ORA ORAnge Setosa adds a pop of color to your fuzzy stick collection

The new ORA ORAnge Setosa is a stunning coral with a unique and elegant look that will add a nice pop of color in your reef aquarium. There is no shortage of stunning blue, purple or green corals so it…

Three Old School corals that are still really cool to grow

There are many SPS corals available to the eager advanced hobbyist today. Far more than we ever had 10 years ago. I remember when the reef community was a much smaller one, a lot like a small town where everyone…

UCA’s Wildfire Monti is a killer specimen of Montipora caliculata

One of the things that we particularly like about Ultra Corals Australia is that they are coral collectors with the eyes of a reef aquarium hobbyist. To that end UCA is always on the lookout for new and unusual corals…

Pocillopora bairdi is described alongside a partial revision of the genus

Pocillopora bairdi is a new species of small polyp stony coral from the popular genus that includes the highly varied Pocillopora damicornis. This latter species is so diverse in shape, color and form that it has been quite hard to distinguish other…

The tale of the Ultimate Efflo tabling acropora

Few other coral in our hobby captures the image we have about massively plating coral like Acropora efflorescens. We have seen tabling corals such as Acropora granulosa or Acropora millepora but in reality the title of a true plating Acro…

Pacific Acropora hybrid intentionally crossed and a wild colony identified

Acropora prolifera is a confirmed ‘hybrid species’ of stony coral living in the Caribbean which is a direct F1 hybrid between the actual species, A. cervicornis and A. palmata. This precedent for Acropora hybridization where two species occur has led scientists to…

The two year progress video of Schwing’s Reef

There’s something about progression videos and pictures that we really love. It’s easy for any armchair blogger to say device X does such and such, but there’s nothing, there’s no replacement for actual, great documentation of coral growth and reef…