SPS Corals

My Favorite Corals: Blueberry Shortcake Acropora nasuta

Usually when I salivate at a fancy coral it’s a strain, colony or species that I want to put in my own reef tank. But this ‘Blueberry Shortcake’ Acropora nasuta is one that I get to enjoy at home and…

My Favorite Corals: Yellow Tip Acropora echinata

The yellow tip Acropora echinata from ACI Aquaculture is a very interesting SPS coral with a whole lotta potential. This coral was shipped to me for safekeeping right before hurricane Irma and boy has this frag developed into a very noteworthy…

My Favorite Corals: Vintage Montipora – Green Branching Cap & Leng Sy Cap

In the annals of reef aquarium history, there are two strains which really kicked off the whole concept of ‘limited edition’ corals – the green branching cap and the Leng Sy cap. These two strains of Montipora have been grown in…

My Favorite Corals: Toxic Green Acropora florida

In the world of aquarium stony corals, the ‘Bali Green Slimer’ has been the king of green SPS for more than twenty years, since the mid nineties. This particularly tenacious strain of green Acropora yongei is so prolific that it even…

This Acropora nasuta from Corals Down Under Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Acropora nasuta has always been one of my favorite shallow water species of acros, both for its interesting shape and it’s attractive polyps which are most often bright blue. Normal colonies of A. nasuta are generally pale in coloration but…

Acropora plana Is One Of The Most Beautiful Acros In The Wild

While diving in Eastern in Indonesia few weeks ago, we came across some huge colonies of Acropora plana, and although we’ve seen this coral over and over for few decades, we fell in love with it once more. We believe…

Horniman’s ‘Lab Grown’ Tenuis Acros Are The REAL Limited Edition Corals!

For the last twenty years a certain subset of wild corals have been deemed to be ‘limited edition’, but since these come from the boundless ocean, how limited could they be? Well today we have what is perhaps one of…

ORA’s Newest Strain Is The Yellow Tip Stag Acropora austera

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Acro strain from the prolific aquaculturists at  Oceans, Reefs, & Aquariums, better known as ORA in the hobby. The Yellow Tip Stag is pictured in ORA’s original style and appears to…

Some Of My Favorite SPS Corals

When visitors come to see my tanks and realize that the tanks are full of live coral one of the questions I get frequently asked is “So what’s your favorite coral?” To me that is akin to asking me, who…

Acropora millepora: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About This Coral

Acropora millepora is probably the most famous Acropora right after Acropora tenuis. Demand for this SPS coral waxes and wanes but it’s always a very popular coral, and holds a very special place in our heart! What’s so special about them?…