SPS Corals

How To Identify 20 Stony Corals From Indonesia

Often scuba divers focus on tiny critters, schools of fish, or jumbo-sized creatures like whales, dolphins, and sharks. This leaves corals to get lumped together under a single term ‘coral reef’ which is far too general to describe the hundreds of individual…

I’m Dying For A Xmas Tree Worm Rock Like This

Ever since I started in the hobby in the mid 90s, Xmas Tree worm rocks, coco worms and feather dusters have been among some of the most fascinating non-coral animals for a reef tank. The popularity of Xmas Tree worm…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Ornate Butterflyfish

The Butterfly Effect We have always been told a swift “NO” on keeping most butterflyfish species in reef aquariums and it constantly reminds us of an old Mark Twain quote: “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora cervicornis

Acropora cervicornis Acropora cervicornis is an iconic Caribbean coral and one every scuba diver should know how to identify. In the Caribbean, there are three species of Acropora which are essential for creating complex habitats and buffering the coastline. Acropora cervicornis grows into cylindrical branches…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Madracis decactis

Madracis decactis Madracis is an attractive species of coral often covered in stout furry polyps. This species, Madracis decactis, grows into compact yellow lobes and is common, although not abundant. Juvenile colonies start by encrusting onto rocks before forming short lobes or branches. As…

Cyphastrea magna, New Species Of Stony Coral From The Red Sea

I always say this when a new species of TRUE stony coral is described, these are rare and few between. We only see a few new Scleractinia described every year, and it looks like Cyphastrea magna will be the second species, and…

Astreopora moretonensis Can Develop Some Radical Branches!

Traveling to the fringes of the developed world in search of coral can have its ups and downs. I never really tell you about the sunburns, sketchy food, undrinkable water, extreme heat or mosquito bites, because I know what I…

Cali Tort Spawned In Captivity, In Canada Of All Places!
When you think of coral spawning, the last place that comes to mind is Canada. So last week when we got an email from our hometown we thought this story was too good not to share. Reefkeeper Adam Sutherland shares…
Green Polyp Anacropora Is The Ultimate Cryptic Coral Strain

Anacropora has become a little more available to reefers in the last several years, but this genus still hasn’t yet received the adoration it deserves. Coming mostly in muted shades of white, brown, olive green and sometimes a rusty orange, we’ve…

Acropora Palmata Corals Are Much Older Than We Thought

Acropora palmata Researchers at Penn State University have shown that colonial Acorpora corals, in particular, Acropora palmata are much older than previously thought. Although the oldest portion of the coral may no longer exist, the team looked at mutations in the living…