Bali Aquarium Becomes the first Licensed Ex-Situ Coral Farm in Indo

Over 20 years after becoming the first in-situ (Ocean Farm), licensed coral farm in Indonesia, Bali Aquarium has done it again, becoming the first ex-situ (inland) licensed coral farm in Indonesia to obtain export quota for these corals. It’s been…

Acid Trip Cyphastrea Just Melted My Brain

Ultra Coral Australia, the famous Australian coral business owned by master coral collector and farmer Nic Dos Santos, just showed us some pictures of a Cyphastrea coral that blew our mind! Multicolored Cyphastrea are quite a common sight. But this…

Learn to Spot Encrusting Coral

Encrusting Coral Growth Form Corals grow in different growth forms to survive in different habitats, and the coral growth form which a most easily overlooked are the encrusting species. These corals creep along the rocks like a crust holding everything…

Cyphastrea magna, New Species Of Stony Coral From The Red Sea

I always say this when a new species of TRUE stony coral is described, these are rare and few between. We only see a few new Scleractinia described every year, and it looks like Cyphastrea magna will be the second species, and…

Cyphastrea is the perfect aquarium coral

Cyphastrea is a unique group of reef corals which are nearly ‘perfect’ residents of home reef aquariums. This primarily encrusting coral is colorful, incredibly hardy, and it grows unbelievably fast, even under a wide range of conditions. The meteor shower…

Cyphastrea kausti, a new stony coral species from the Red Sea

Cyphastrea kausti is a newly described species from the Red Sea, present in the central and northern parts but seemingly absent from the south end of the Red Sea. The new species C. kausti is readily distinguished from all other species of Cyphastrea…

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…

A Plesiastrea by any other name, is an interesting and often amazing coral

Plesiastrea versipora is a very unique and unique-looking coral which is widespread in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. There is only one other species in the genus Plesiastrea, P. devantieri but like Acanthastrea maxima, that species only comes from the Red Sea and surrounding…