SPS Corals

Toxic Acropora florida is a Whole New Level of Fluorescent Green

Acropora florida is a common shallow-water reef building coral which is commonly seen on the reef, and also a popular coral for aquariums. The typical Acropora florida is green with axial corallites that are a varying degree of orange, but not all ‘Florida…

High Definition Time Lapse Can Actually Demonstrate Coral Behavior

Behavior is one aspect of biology which is hard to document in our slow moving corals. Over the decades we aquarists have learned a lot about what our corals do and how they behave over long periods of time, but…

The Pink Cadillac Acro Looks Great at Any Size

The Pink Cadillac Acropora is a strain of SPS coral from Reef Raft Canada that we recently had the pleasure of seeing in person at a mature size. We’ve seen frags and pictures of this coral for many years now…

Project Coral Update: Impressive coloration, growth at 7 months

Its hard to believe its has been 7 months since Project Coral completed its groundbreaking in-vitro fetilization of captive coral at UK’s Horniman Museum and Gardens. We have seen a snapshot of the growth they are getting on some of Acropora tenuis and…

Stylophora: Achieve that SPS Aesthetic with Less-Demanding Corals

Stylophora are branching small-polyp stony corals from the Family Pocilloporidae. Stylophora shares that family with Pocillopora and Seriatopora, and the three together are the only genera in the family. As a result of their close relationship to one another, all…

Acropora palmata, the majestic and endangered elkhorn coral

Acropora palmata, the Elkhorn Coral, is the quintessential Caribbean Coral Reef species. This species was once so abundant that entire regions of the reef were called the ‘Palmata Zone’ and it was important to know where the palmata zones were,…

Top 10 Bicolored corals and invertebrates

Invertebrates and corals in particular, are fascinating to us higher primates (humans) particularly because they seem so alien from us. Everything about them from the way they live, the way they develop, and even the way they die (or partially die)…

Jungles of stony coral on the shallow reefs of Raja Ampat (video)

There’s not too many places in the world where corals are so abundant and diverse that they form a veritable Jungle of living corals. Sure, many places have exceptional living coral reefs where the shallows are approaching 90 to 100%…

Reefbuilders Travelogue: Corals of the Dominican Republic

After spending last weekend at the Reef-A-Palooza Orlando show we decided to hop on a plane and check out some Caribbean corals in the Dominican Republic. We travelled from the capital city of Santo Domingo around the coast to Punta…

Unseen Corals: Acropora pinguis might be the thickest-branching staghorn coral

Acropora pinguis is a very special coral that we’ve never seen in the aquarium hobby, and there’s probably very good reason for that. If you discount staghorn corals of the Isopora genus, the big cat’s paw corals, then Acropora pinguis forms the…