SPS Corals

Unseen Coral: Anacropora reticulata Is One Of The Most Interesting An-Acros
Even though Anacropora are a very dominant and common coral, covering fields of reef in protected, turbid area, it very seldom enters our aquarium. One of the main reasons is that it’s not very colorful, and a part from a…
First Sustainable Acropora spathulata Now Available from Bali Aquarium

Bali Aquarium has just come out with an Indonesian strain of Green Apple Acropora spathulata. After a collecting trip in central Indonesia last year, three fragments were collected out of the first ever colony of this species discovered in Indonesia. This…

A new way to photosynthesize discovered in mesophotic coral, Stylophora pistillata

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science found that photosynthetic algae in corals which inhabit mesophotic reefs have a never-before seen adaptation to life in the twilight zone. Researchers found that the Symbiodinium spp. algae responsible for powering photosynthesis…

How to Frag SPS Corals

Sps (small polyp stony) especially Acropora, have consistently been among the hottest corals in the aquarium hobby for the last twenty years. They are most likely the easiest coral to frag; that being said, they are some of the most…

Coral mucus impacts microbes in waters surrounding them

Have you ever noticed your corals covered in mucus and wondered, what’s up with the slime? New research suggests that corals selectively remove and promote the growth of diverse picoplankton (planktonic bacteria and archaea) communities living in coral mucus, and that…

Wild Photos of Montipora verruculosus and Related Species

Montipora is an amazing group of stony corals which is second only to Acropora in terms of species number and general abundance. Where Acros are differentiated based mostly on the branching shape and corallite structure, Montipora went a different direction instead opting…

Nature Still Grows The Best Acropora Colonies

The reef aquarium hobby as a whole has become very good at growing all kinds of reef corals, especially the shallow water species that grow the reef. Over the decades we’ve learned to grow, frag, and micro-propagate coral strains to…

The Leng Sy Cap is Still Unique Among All Montipora

The Leng Sy Cap is one of the most legendary and recognizable of all aquarium Montipora corals. First grown by Leng Sy and then popularized on the label of their Reef Solution bottle, this is one aquarium coral strain that never, ever…

Kung Pao Monti is the Ultimate Strain of Montipora palawanensis

Montipora palawanensis is a species of Monti that has been in our reef tanks for quite some time. However in recent years we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of strains of this coral, especially coming out of Indonesia. Of…

Blue Acropora Yongei Documented Over 20 Years by Bruce Carlson

Blue Acropora are among the most coveted corals in reef aquarium. Meanwhile, the brilliant Green Slimer Acropora yongei is one of the most common and fastest growing corals in captivity. But did you know these two types of coral have something…