Glitter Face and Galaxy Gonies from Gallery Aquatica

After decades of being very challenging to keep, all of a sudden over the last few years many more reef aquarists have been able to enjoy living and growing colonies of Goniopora, the related Bernardpora, and unrelated but similar Alveopora. This…

Flowerpot Corals & Everything You Need to Know For Success

Flowerpot corals are some of the most beautiful, unique, and desirable corals for reef aquaria but their captive care is not as straightforward as typical SPS or LPS corals. Once thought to be broadly ‘impossible’ to keep, the success rate…

Goniopora Vs. Bernardpora FIGHT! Which Flowerpot Coral Will Win?

Flowerpot corals have long been some of the most recognizable and most loved corals both in aquariums, and in the wild. Despite the appreciation, until very recently very many of these flowerpot corals were considered extremely difficult to keep in…

Machadoporites, Poritipora, Calathiscus – What IS This Coral?

There’s a curious little coral that we’ve been on the lookout for ever since first learning about it in the 2001 release of Charles Veron’s seminal Corals of the World. You most likely already know about Porites and the closely…

Alveopora are NOT a Flowerpot Coral After All!

Following our series of articles on changes in coral classification after a massive genetic analysis, there is one more coral that got moved in quite a surprising way – Alveopora. Alveopora used to be the flowerpot coral with 12 fat tentacle,…

Bernardpora, the Flowerpot Coral caught between Goniopora and Porites

This awful scientific name probably doesn’t ring a bell to you but Bernardpora stutchburyi is actually a very common coral. It’s cultured all over the world, and misidentified under so many other names. The most used common name is short polyped flowerpot…

Unique Corals Amazeballs Goni is the ‘Homewrecker’ of Flowerpot Corals

It seems like flowerpot corals, Goniopora or gonies for short, have been on the verge of a tipping point in popularity for quite some time now. We’ve always had pretty good access to nicely colored Gonies in green, red and blues,…

Endless Goni – a tumbleweed Goniopora breaks the rules of attachment

A coral by and large is a colony of polyp animals that is attached to the reef – it sits there, grows onto the reef, sometimes it breaks off but it’s supposed to re-attach or at least stabilize itself. Not…

Incredible red Goniopora going strong after three years and multiple fragging

Gonioporas are gorgeous and ubiquitous, and almost every reefer has encountered them at some point in time. Many of them come in crazy colors such as Red, Green and even Blue. Yet they are considered one of the tougher LPS…

Julian Sprung’s “Refugium” is an oasis of coral and reef life

[youtube width=”670″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYN705Qu6_U[/youtube] If our previous video of Julian Sprung’s peninsular reef tank wasn’t evidence enough that he is an aquarist who reefs to his own wave, then this second video of his refugium coral tank ought to reinforce that…