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Coral rolloliths can occur in really unexpected species

We tend to think of most corals as being stationary, one-sided colonies of creatures but in some habitats, an abundance of corals occur as living tumbleweeds. When colonial corals occur as unattached rolling living rocks they are called ‘rolloliths’ – while…

Gardinoseris sighted in never before seen colors

When it comes to little known oddball corals, Gardinoseris is by far one of our super favorites with almost no known aquarium specimens in the reefing hobby. Therefore when we’re gallivanting in the parts of the Coral Triangle as we did…

The glorious colony shape of Acropora plumosa

Another day brings another interesting writeup on a notable stony coral we encountered on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition. Like any good card-carrying Acropora lover we have perused all the pages of Corals of the World and distinctive species like Acropora pichoni…

Blue mimic anemone makes an impressive duplicate of Acropora digitifera

Unless they are hosting clownfish or somewhat reef-safe, Anemones don’t get a fair share of attention in the aquarium world. But things could be different if we saw more mimic anemones like this wonderful blue Phyllodiscus semoni which we sighted on…

Walt Smith doubles down on sustainability with ReefRock and ReefProject2.0

ReefRock is a new handcrafted aquarium aquascaping material from ReefProject2.0, a new effort from Walt Smith Incorporated. ReefProject aims to establish a more direct approach to sustainability and opportunity for coastal island communities by not only focusing on making the finest…

The second unknown Acropora discovered on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition

One of the most exciting outcomes we could have hoped for on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition is to encounter some corals that have never been seen before. Early on we observed not one but two species of Acropora the likes of which…

Trimma pajama and T. meranyx are two new exquisite species of deepwater nano gobies

A few new deepwater nano gobies from Indonesia have been described in a recent edition of the journal ZootaxaI that are sure to captivate you with their beauty. Here is information on two of the three new gobies described by Richard…

The Orangutan Crab; Another sweet coral crustacean

Following our review of crustacean relationships with corals that we accoutered during the Fluval Sea Flores expedition, we are left wondering why we never see these associations in aquarium. One other crustacean that we often come to meet even together with our last candidate Vir…

Chaetodon ocellicauda observed living with its sister species

The butterflyfish of the Chaetodon genus is rife with many closely related species that are differentiated based on geography, and seemingly subtle color differences. While on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition we had the chance to observe one such pair of species…

We’re barely scratching the surface of Mycedium diversity

When we observe the diversity of corals found in the aquarium hobby, it’s easy to think that somehow what we’re getting is a reflection of what is available in nature. By that guideline you’d think that Mycedium was somewhat rare, or…