The Shape of Corals is Linked to How they Feed

It’s been over 20 years since I started culturing corals in the ocean and in dedicated aquariums. I always believed that the shape of a corals was mainly determined by trying to expose as much surface to light while withstanding…

Reef Raft Indophyllia Reminds us of this Coral’s Potential

Indophyllia is a poorly known genus of large polyp stony coral which includes only one, very overlooked species, I. macassarenssis. There’s two reasons that Indophyllia is not at the top of many collectors wish list, starting with the competition it has…

Indophyllia macassarensis, The Rarest of the Donut Corals

Today while diving in the South east of Bali, we got lucky to be welcome by ‘extremely’ cold temperature waters (21C, 69F). Because this is unusually cold water for Bali, it is actually a sign of upwelling of cold, clear…

What It’s Like To Be A Reefer In Saskatchewan Canada

Bayside Corals The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is located about as far from the ocean as they come, and we didn’t expect much when we started an online search for reefers and reef shops in the city of Saskatoon.  To my…

Polyp Lab Coral Spotting Expedition in Lembeh Strait

Coral Spotting Lembeh If you’ve spent any amount of time scuba diving, chances are you’ve heard of the Lembeh Strait. This channel of water between the mainland of Sulawesi and Lembeh island holds a mythical place in the psyche of…

Take a Ride on the Passport to Coral Paradise in Northern Sulawesi Indonesia

Last year, I had the opportunity to visit Northern Sulawesi as part of the ReefBuilders scuba destination trip. On this expedition, we visited three location along the Northern coast of Sulawesi, Manado, Bangka, and Lembeh Strait on a set tour…

You Won’t Believe The Age of this Tank-Grown Trachyphyllia

It has long been a mystery how old, exactly, some of these solitary, large polyp stony corals are when we get them in our aquariums. We’ve been growing out SPS corals, zoanthids and some Euphyllia from single corallites for years,…

This Beverly Hills Reef Tank is Nothing But The Best [Video]

Every once in a while we come across a reef tank that is fueled by unlimited resources. It’s been a long while since we’ve since an uncompromising reef aquarium setup but Reef 301 in Beverly Hills is one of those…

What Is Muck Diving?

Muck Diving Not all dive sites are created equal. Just like on land, underwater landscapes are diverse and can contain dozens of unique habitats, and tiny niche space for critters to exploit. But none of these habitats are more enticing than muck.…

Unusual Corals In Lembeh Strait

Lembeh Strait The Lembeh Strait is a holy grail amongst scuba divers. This relatively small channel of water is home to the highest concentration of crazy critters known anywhere under the sea. Scuba divers from around the world flock to…