Stellar, simple soft coral and LPS tank is a masterpiece of father and son collaboration

This stellar soft coral reef tank really needs no words.Even though stony, azoox and uber-rare reefs are all the rage, stepping back with some simple soft corals is a welcome break and this tank shows just how nice it can…

Eleutherobia ‘Fuzzy Carrot’ coral is a new maricultured NPS softy from Quality marine

As you may have guessed the yellow, orange but most often red colonies of Eleutherobia are non-photosynthetic, filter feeding fine particles from the water column. Some species of Eleutherobia Fuzzy Carrot coral occur in shallow water but only in caves or…

Aldersladum is a new soft coral genus created for two unique (former) species of Efflatournaria

Aldersladum is a new genus of soft coral which was erected due to some very peculiar sclerites in one former species of Efflatournaria and another new species of soft coral. The two species in the genus Aldersladum are A. godwanum…

Grube’s Gorgonian is a fast-growing and hardy new soft coral from ORA

Grube’s Gorgonian is a species of Pacific Pinnigorgia which is very rare in the hobby but it’s about to get a whole lot more available as frags from ORA. Grube’s Gorgonian (pronounced Grooba’s) has a long history of aquarium culture…

Simple, low tech reef tanks can be bliss

My home office is down in the basement of our house. There are weeks where my job has me working late nights down there and at some point, I figured a little aquatic life would make my work environment more…

Daylight soft coral spawn caught on film in the Phillipines

[vimeo width=”680″ height=”385″]http://vimeo.com/24080492[/vimeo] We’ve been lucky to follow along on the adventures of the California Academy of Sciences team that is currently on biodiversity expedition of the Philippines and have seen various postings from Richard Ross and Matt Wandell of…

Sympodium encrusting soft coral starting to appear in blue and green colors

Sympodium is an interesting encrusting soft coral which is just beginning to show up in some coral shipments. We personally spied the Sympodium colony above tucked away in a corner of a display tank at Amazing Aquariums and Reefs and…

Huge weekend video roundup with lots of Old School goodness

For some reason this weekend we happened to stumble onto a handful of videos that all have an old school slant to them. The first video of Ganzel’s Reef embeded above definitely has a new school cinematic approach but we…

New Sinularia Clades begin to sort out over 150 soft coral species

Sinularia Clades are part of a new classification of soft corals that was published recently in the journal Invertebrate Biology. The study by McFadden et. al used molecular analysis to establish relationships between the 150 species of Sinularia that sorted…

Soft Corals: Still Sexy After All These Years

Being a traveling fish geek/speaker, I probably get to see as many aquariums each month as some hobbyists do all year. In almost every city that I visit, I’m taken to amazing aquariums- some are huge, some are medium sized,…