SPS Corals

ORA’s Shortcake Acropora microclados is ready to come out of the oven

ORA is hot out of the gate with their newest release for the new year, the ORA Shortcake Acro. Acropora microclados is one of the most iconic species of Acros that were made available by Australian exports in consistent quality and…

“Once upon a Montipora” by George Adkins

Once upon a Montipora… Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the aquarium. Not a fishie was stirring, not even Z. veliferum The socks were all hung by the reefer with care, In hopes that Poseidon soon would be…

Favia camranensis, a new species of moon coral with corallites like shingles

Favia camranensis is a new species of moon brain coral recently described by Yuri Latypov from colonies discovered in Vietnam. Found living in monospecific aggregations of five to twenty colonies at Hon Nai Reef in Cam Ranh Bay, Favia camaranensis differs…

Andrew Sandler’s reef tanks are a cumulative 1,600 gallons of awesome

Andrew Sandler, or his online alias Hedgedrew, is a dedicated and real hardcore reefer with several amazing set ups. A cumulative total of roughly 1,600 gallons comprising numerous set ups, including amongst others a 1,250 gallon SPS tank, a butterfly…

Coral of the Month: Introducing the Hurlock Acropora from Bali Aquarium

Today we kick off the start of our Coral of the Month series in conjunction with Bali Aquarium. What makes this series unique is that in most cases we will try to tell you about a new coral both how…

Leptoseris troglodyta is an azooxanthellate coral adapted to live in caves!

Leptoseris troglodyta is a new species of stony coral which was discovered living in caves of Cebu, Palau and Indonesia. The new Leptoseris troglodyta gets its name from the term ‘troglodyte’ which refers to cave dwelling creatures and it is the…

Friday Mega-Smorgasbord: Squid arms, robofish, shark feast, sea slugs, coral planting, living undersea, AEFW hit the high seas and gigantic clumps of whale poo

We have a great post lined up for this Friday with everything from amazing to just odd and something in between. We lead off this edition with a breaking story about deep sea squids that actually tear its arms free…

Blue Dragon Acro tops the list of must-have Bali Deepwater Acropora

The Blue Dragon Acro, a variant of Acropora walindii, has been available in the reef aquarium hobby infrequently ever since Bali first started shipping maricultured Acropora. With all those cool Mariculture Acros coming out of Bali these days, recently the Blue Dragon Acro…

ORA Pink Stylo returns to reefing for a second round

The ORA Pink Stylo, Stylophora pistillata is back in action after a long leave of absence from ORA’s stocklist. Stylophora pistillata as a species is highly variable in growth form with strains like the ORA purple stylo aka ‘Milka Stylo‘ growing thick…

Top 10 new and cool corals of 2011

2011 brought us a ton of new reef fish species and although coral species and new aquairum strains come about at a crawling pace, this year was an exceptionally good one for a broad range of corals of all types.…