SPS Corals

How To Grow The Most INTENSE Purple Rim Monti Cap

The purple rim Leng Sy cap is one of the most desirable and recognizable coral strains in the hobby of SPS reef keeping. Like zebra plecos and peppermint angelfish, images of the purple rim cap have been plastered on the…

Gorango Reef – Coral Spotting in Weda, Halmahera

Gorango Reef Gorango reef is a long underwater ridge running parallel to the northern coastline of Weda Bay. The reef is divided into three dive sites following the contours of the ridge and sloping pinnacles. The dive sites are Gorango Obesar,…

Spy’s Red Montipora hirsuta is a Hot Strain of Branching Monti

One of the coolest parts about traveling domestically and international is not just meeting new reefers, but discovering new coral strains we didn’t even know existed. The first of these corals that took my breath away while in Europe in…

Quick Guide To Branching Caribbean Corals

Branching Corals Quick Guide We get it, you’re busy and don’t have time to sit around sifting through books or perusing our Guide to Caribbean Corals. So we made this quick guide to branching corals so you can easily identify Caribbean species at…

Anacropora Can Get Flatworms Too!

Anacropora is one of the lesser known small polyp stony coral species which are closely related to Acros and Montis. Montipora is known to be infested by pesky white nudibranch, Acropora has its issues with Amakusaplana (Acro Eating Flatworms) and…

Caribbean Coral Diares: Madracis carmabi

Madracis carmabi Madracis carmabi is a master of disguise. At first glance, you could be fooled into thinking this bulbous yellow coral is M. decactis or even the branching M. formosa, but take a closer look at the septal arrangement, and you might be surprised. Madracis carmabi is most likely a hybrid taking the ten septa arrangement…

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…

Sunfire Grafted Cap Has Even Brighter Colored Polyps!

Grafted Corals, or ‘GFP Infections’ are among some of the most interesting and bizarre coral ‘strains’ available to us in the aquarium hobby. The phenomenon has been documented in a wide variety of corals, most often in small polyp stony…

Caribbean Coral Diaries – Fire Coral

Fire coral (Millepora sp.) is the VERY FIRST coral every scuba diver should learn to identify. These fuzzy orange corals hide a fierce sting and should be avoided at all cost. Colonies have a smooth surface with a pale yellow to…