Plating corals

One of the most amazing aspects of reef keeping is that there are nearly endless combinations of color and shape/growth forms we can use to create our ideal and individualized home reef. The plating corals are particularly useful in creating a focus point among all the branching sticks. This article …

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Galaxea Coral Care Guide: Galaxea fascicularis

The galaxea coral (Galaxea fascicularis) attracts hobbyists with its stunning arrangement of tentacles. Regardless of your color choice, you’ll end up with a beautiful display of waving white tips. And in no time, your saltwater aquarium will have a thriving colony. But galaxea corals aren’t the easiest species to manage. …

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Clove polyps care guide: facts, placement, feeding & info

Clove polyps (Clavularia spp.) create the perfect saltwater aquarium display. Their feathery “fronds” sway back and forth in the current, resembling clusters of ferns or palm trees. And you can find them in every color imaginable. Of course, as with any coral species, there are one or two hiccups in …

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14 Best LPS corals for beginners: easy care, affordable

I started my first saltwater tank more than a decade ago, but I can still remember the feelings of excitement, anticipation and fear about selecting my first few aquarium corals. As a beginner in the aquarium hobby, it can be a bit daunting to figure out which corals are easiest …

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Blastomussa Coral Care: Blastomussa spp.

The blastomussa coral (Blastomussa spp.) group produces as much confusion as it does popularity. The impressive polyps these large polyp stony (LPS) corals extend into the water disguise the underlying calcium skeleton. And they give it a similar appearance to mushroom, brain, and even candy cane corals. It isn’t until …

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Ricordea Care: The Flower Mushroom Corals

The Ricordea, or flower mushroom corals, are popular choices among saltwater aquarium enthusiasts due to their ease of keeping and those amazing colorations. Once you’ve set your eyes on these corallimorphs (don’t worry, we’ll get around to defining that word in a minute), you’ll jump headfirst into wanting to have …

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Kenya Tree Coral Care: Capnella spp.

The Kenya tree coral (Capnella spp.) is a hardy soft coral species tolerant of a range of living conditions. This makes it great for beginner aquarists. In terms of color, this rapidly growing soft coral species might appear somewhat drab. They’re generally available in shades of brown, gold, or even …

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Google Underwater Street View

Do you know what Google Underwater Street View is? Check this out. Google Underwater is an interactive 360-degree self-guided tour of the world’s most breathtaking coral reef views that you can enjoy anywhere and any time you want. Would you agree with me that watching corals and saltwater fish is …

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Bird’s Nest Coral Care Guide

The bird’s nest coral is a small polyp stony coral (shortened to SPS by many aquarium owners) with thin yellow, green, purple, or pink branches that grow into a densely intertwined mass resembling a bird’s nest. (No one said biologists were creative with their naming schemes) As far as SPS …