The UFO Coral Feeder Has Landed

UFO Coral Feeder Yesterday while visiting Aqua Medic USA we spotted a unique coral feeder being used to target feed and rehabilitate corals. The UFO (unwanted fish out) coral feeder comes down from above to cover and protect your corals…

Can Corals Adapt To Warmer Oceans? This Scientist Is On A Mission To Find The Answer

Can Corals Adapt? Katherine Dziedzic, a PhD student from Oregon State University (OSU), is looking at how corals can adapt to climate change. To understand how corals adapt to warmer ocean temperatures, she is looking at the DNA and RNA…

Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Hit Hard By Coral Bleaching

Japanese Coral Bleaching News from the Japanese government today shows that more than 70 percent of the country’s largest coral reef is dead due to warm temperatures. While the headline sounds dire, the decline of coral health in Seiseishoko reef did…

Oddball Reef System Symbiosis

Symbiotic relationships are among the most interesting aspects of this hobby. A coral reef is a battlefield for real estate; however, there are still amazing examples of cooperation between completely different animals. Everyone is very familiar with clownfish and anemones,…

How to Arrange your Corals Based on your Lighting

There are tons of choices when it comes to lighting in this hobby and depending on when and how you got into the hobby, it may tell what kind of lighting you have. Lighting is essential for the health of…

What is a Coral?

This may be very obvious to people in the reefing community, but people who have stepped into their first fish store may wonder “Is it a plant?”, “What are they made of?”, or “Are they alive?”. Corals are indeed living…

The Deep Dive on Reef Aquarium Lighting, Part 1: Zooxanthellae, Color Temperature, and Light Intensity

Lighting is important because it directly affects how we visually enjoy the hobby and, more importantly, the vast majority of the corals in our tanks are photosynthetic. In this two-part article, we will first cover some of the basics of…

NASA To Provide A New Look At COral Reefs

You may associate NASA with stars and the cosmos before linking the American space agency to coral reefs. However last week NASA launched their year long COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) field campaign focusing on entire reef ecosystems. According to the…

Coral “toolkit” discovered, tells corals when to “build” skeletons

When coral release larvae, they don’t yet have that reef-building skeletal structure and at some point, they know when its time to settle down and start building. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Monoa, Rutgers University and the University of Haifa have just…

Homophyllia steals bowerbanki and hillae away from Acanthastrea

Homophyllia bowerbanki is the new name for both corals we once called Acanthastrea hillae and A. bowerbanki. Amid the reshuffling of Micromussa lordhowensis and Australophyllia wilsoni into their new respective categories, the new analysis now places the corals once known…