10 new soft corals described from New Zealand

Ten new species of soft coral have been discovered in New Zealand by a marine biologist. The new species were found by Gustav Kessel among tens of thousands of preserved specimens housed at the NIWA Invertebrate Collection in Wellington, the…

Erythropodium taoyuanensis, a New Soft Coral Discovered in Taiwan

Erythropodium taoyuanensis is a new species of encrusting octocoral that was discovered from algal bed of Taiwan in the west Pacific Ocean. The newly described octocoral from Taiwan is not much a looker as far as corals go being what…

Sympodium Grows by a Whopping Seven New Species

The vast majority of our generic coral ‘bandwidth’ is focused at the Scleractinian stony corals and to a lesser degree at corallimorphs and zoanthids with very little fanfare for too much else. But as we’ve said repeatedly every time we…

Serene ‘Softscape’ Reef Aquarium by Aquarium Design Group

Aquascaping is a term that gets thrown around all sides of the aquarium ‘chloride divide’ but when it comes to putting the principles into practice, coral reefers can hardly touch the execution and presentation of nature aquarium gardeners. Part of…

‘Xenia’ is Unsurprisingly Taking Over Venezuelan Reefs

‘Xenia elongata’, recently reclassified as Unomia stolonifera, is a soft coral that is well known in the aquarium hobby for its supernatural growth rates in reef tanks. This fleshy octocoral is so prolific that it has been used in dedicated…

In Memorium: Octocoral taxonomist Dr. Leen P. van Ofwegen

On June 25th, 2021, one of the preeminent octocoral taxonomists, Dr. Leen P. van Ofwegen of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, passed away. Though his name may not be immediately familiar to the average aquarist or diver, his impact on our…

Updates and Lessons Learned From Our 90 Gallon Reef Tank

As the days get shorter heading into winter we’re even more excited to come home to a bright tropical reef tank. Earlier this year we picked up a seven-year-old 90gallon reef tank and all the hard work we’ve put in…

Deep Sea Soft Coral Garden Discovered Off The Coast Of Greenland

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown soft coral garden in the Davis Strait, off the coast of West Greenland. They described the ecosystem in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science. The garden sits 1,600 feet (490m) deep. The researchers found it…

The Myth of LPS Corals Living in ‘Dirty Water’

Every day that we observe corals in the ocean and take care of them in our aquarium it becomes clearer how important feeding is to them. Recently while watching a live video from our good friend Shane Danger Coleman, we…

Learn How To Frag Leather Corals With Gallery Aquatica TV

Fragging Leather Corals Our friend Ania from Gallery Aquatica is back at it with another episode of the Frag Files. The Frag Files is a video series on the Gallery Aquatica YouTube channel where Ania shares her expert coral propagation…