SPS Corals

The Beach Bum Montipora is from a different planet!

Diving along the Great Barrier Reef, under the guidance from master coral collector, Nic Dos Santos from Ultra Coral Australia, we had the opportunity to see a lot of very nice corals. On one of these dive, at an offshore…

Understanding the Ideal Australian Coral Habitat

Having learnt my Acros while living in Indonesia, I’ve grown up as an inshore reef stony coral freak because offshore reefs conditions are almost impossible to find in Indonesia. Even though we can find some of the species there, they…

Stylocoeniella Is A Great Reef Aquarium Coral!

Stylocoeniella is an underrated family of amazing aquarium corals, which, often end up in the aquarium world as a hitchhiker along other corals or live rock. This genus is part of an even more discreet, unheard of family: Astrocoeniidae that…

Montipora: A Practical Guide to the Variety of Forms Part 1

If there is a group of coral, where we find ourselves struggling to properly identify to the species level, that’s Montipora! Montipora are probably the most popular coral right after Acropora, it’s a fast growing, very colorful group of SPS…

Learn To Spot Six Types Of Plating Coral

Plating Corals Spotting coral can be overwhelming when everything looks the same. However, learning to recognize corals based on growth forms in the easiest way to master the art of coral spotting. Plating corals are found in all reef habitats…

Learn to Spot Six Types of Branching Coral

Six Types of Branching Coral One of the first steps to becoming a coral spotter is learning to recognize coral growth forms. An perhaps the most recognizable of them all is branching corals.┬áBut even within this recognizable group, there are…

The Red Sea Reefer Peninsula Has Corals! [Video]

The second concept aquarium, and really the first true concept reef tank at the Reef Builders Studio is the Montipora dominated Red Sea Reefer Peninsula aquarium. A few weeks ago we shared with you the setup of this reef aquarium system…

The Montipora That Wanted To Become An Acropora!

By: Vincent Chalias While diving in Australia inshore reefs together with Ultra Coral Australia, we came across some funny looking Montis. Australia inshore dirty, turbid reefs are a Coral disease and parasite paradise. All classic coral diseases are available in…

Flower Polyp Montipora Appears with Intense GFP Infection

The Flower Polyp Montipora Cap is one of the older and more unique strains of Montipora in the reef aquarium hobby, and also one of our favorites. This light off-green Monti strain has a nice thick purple rim, but what really…

Acropora Thrive In The Shallow Reefs Around Halmahera Indonesia

Halmahera Indonesia We’ve just spent a week diving in the northern province of Maluku Indonesia around the island of Halmahera, and to say we found our Acropora dream reef is an understatement. We visited this region as part of the…