Powder Blue Tangs & Emperor Angelfish: Two Common Fish That New Reefkeepers Should Avoid

Reefkeeping is a paradox. We set up an aquarium to display all the wonderful diversity of the tropical oceans, only to be told that we can’t keep the vast majority of species in our tanks. I help out in my LFS on Saturdays and the following two species are probably the two that people ask me for and point out the most, only for me to deliver the grim news that they can’t have them. And here’s why.

This is what a True Rainbow Symphyllia Looks Like

Australians have been calling their rainbow lobos Symphyllia for a while, and we already addressed that. But while diving in Indonesia we came across a real rainbow Symphyllia, we thought we will share it with you. First of all there…

What Happened to the Symphyllia?

Recently in Australia, a good friend asked us to check some of his very nice rainbow Symphyllia he’s got. We didn’t recall seeing any in Australia yet, so we were very intrigued. We love rainbow Symphyllia, the ones we get…

The appearance of an LPS coral at depth with natural and artificial lighting

For all the proponents of what they think is “natural lighting” for corals, here’s a little bit of fodder to help them cool their jets. What is natural lighting on a reef? In shallow water it’s pretty dang close to…

This amazing colony from Extreme Corals is what Symphyllia wilsoni is all about

Symphyllia wilsoni may be getting imported in larger numbers these days but that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t some colonies that can knock your socks off. This absolutely stunning colony of Symphyllia wilsoni from Extreme Corals DE is one of…

RB personal shopper: Lobophyllia and Symphyllia edition

It’s been a long time coming but it seems like we’ve finaly hit a heyday of sweet and unforgettable Lobophyllia and Symphyllia colonies. When the LPS craze first hit with the Acan Lords, and then to other Acans and scolies…

We told you Malaysian corals were hot!

Malaysian corals are just starting to spread out to various and we are excited at what we are seeing so far. Like we said in our previous post about Borneo/Malaysian corals,  fungiids and mussids will be greatly represented with this…

It’s Australia Day: Symphyllia wilsoni desktop background

OK so first of all, Australia Day was Monday but since we never got around to featuring an Australian coral, it’s better to post late than never. When the Aussie lords first started coming in it was inconceivable that any…