Peculiar thin-branching Euphyllia collected in Cairns, Australia

The stony coral genus Euphyllia includes at least nine species that each display a staggering degree of diversity, but it seems like there’s still a few corals out there which don’t fit the mold for what is already known and documented…

An afternoon with Dr. Anthony Gill and the Macleay Museum of Sydney

The final installation of our Australian trip recount adjourns with the meeting of Dr. Anthony Gill at the Macleay Museum of Sydney. If you remembered, we took a little trip to Cairns recently where we had the privilege of seeing the wonderful…

Reef Builders x Cairns Marine: A visit to the facility

If you’ve been following our recent posts and our Facebook updates judiciously, you’d know that we had the greatest pleasure of visiting Cairns Marine and their wonderful team just a few weeks back. Apart from touring the facility and seeing how…

Tiny conspicuous angelfish is so small it’s practically post-larval

There’s something so fascinating about seeing pictures of baby marine angelfish, regardless of how dull or bright these tiny fish are, it’s awesome to see the transformation from juvenile to adult. We’re all aware of how dramatically species within the Pomacanthus and Holacanthus can change…

Hero Turbinaria corals are coming back thanks to Cairns Marine

It was approximately three years ago that the first tiniest influx of Hero corals began making their general debut in the marine aquarium hobby. We got our piece of Turbinaria heronensis back then and it was a struggle to keep the…

Green Acropora solitaryensis being exported from Australia

Acropora solitaryensis was once the name of an Acro so exalted, merely uttering its name around reefers would be a cause for silence. Back when all we had were fuzzy sticks, the plating Acro was the holy grail of SPS…

Harlequin Tuskfish: A Charming, Colorful Wrasse for the Semi-Boisterous Community

Among the members of the vast Labridae family—the wrasses—are myriad gorgeous species. Some, owing to factors such as enormous adult size or extremely finicky feeding behavior, make poor choices for aquarium keeping. Others make very desirable aquarium candidates, staying relatively…

Cairns Marine churns out another stunning Bodianus paraleucosticticus from the Coral Sea

Bodianus paraleucosticticus is a gorgeous hogfish that is far too scarce in the trade. The five-striped hogfish is layered in alternating stripes of salmon pink and white, gradually fading to yellow as it reaches the base and tail region. All hogfishes…

Blue Acropora spathulata makes our polyps swoon

There’s something about a big juicy blue Acropora, or a super nice Acropora millepora with perfectly developed scaly texture, that always grabs our attention. That is why the big blue Acropora spathulata Unique Corals flaunted from Australia is one we…

Phoenix Montipora from Route 66 is M. danae on fire

Montipora danae is a name that has often been misapplied to a range of montis with bumps, including superman, rainbow, pokerstar and just about any wild montipora with a somewhat bumpy surface. But here we have a picture perfect Montipora danae…