Idaho Grape Montipora
“Can you guess what I am and where I’m from? I’m purple, but I am NOT a grape, and I’m NOT from Idaho!”
The Idaho Grape Montipora is a popular, very wanted, and expensive coral!
The Idaho Grape Montipora Montipora undata is an SPS (small polyp stony). It has beautiful colors and actually has not been assigned an “official” name. It is often called an “Idaho Grape” because of its common purple colors. Other colors it comes in are green, pink or brownish. It has contrasting polyps which are usually pink, brown, white and/or rust-colored. It is considered an aquacultured coral.
The M. undata is most often in digitat form or branching. The growth variations include vertical to horizontal tubes or plates, with the branches and columns growing fairly thick. Mature colonies are the best ones to observe these variations.
This Montipora is more of an intermediate coral in terms of care but is not as likely to get the typical diseases common to Acropora corals or to bleach. The biggest consideration is the temperature it’s kept at, and lighting and water movement are not quite as important… Read More
Organ Pipe Coral
“Want a little music in your reef tank? Check out the awesome ‘red pipes’ on this Pipe Organ Coral!”
The Organ Pipe Coral actually resembles and organ with its unique red calcite tubes!
The Organ Pipe Coral Tubipora musica is not a stony coral, but a unique soft coral. Similar to the Green Star Polyps Pachyclavularia violacea, this coral has mat polyps and is a member of the Tubiporidae Family. Only one other type of the Octocorals has an external skeleton that calcifies like the Organ Pipe Coral, and that is the Blue Coral or Blue Fire Coral Heliopora coerulea. They both have actual colorful skeletons – red and blue!… Read More
Velvet Finger Montipora
“Velvet, rich and luzurious. Want to indulge yourself with the most visually decadent texture?… Well, that’s me!”
The Velvet Finger Montipora is a favorite coral for beginning reef keepers due to its
ease of care!
This coral, the Velvet Finger Montipora Montipora digitata is fuzzy and smooth on its surface, with small and uniform polyps. These polyps are fuzzy on this species, as well as many other species. They are called ‘velvet’ simply because they are one of the large Montipora corals – several of them are traditionally called ‘velvet’. This coral is also called the Velvet Branch Coral and the Velvet Coral… Read More
Fleshy Sea Pen
"What looks like an antique quill pen but lives in the ocean? That’s right, ME!"
The Fleshy Sea Pen is very delicate, making it one of the most interesting corals!
The Fleshy Sea Pen Ptilosarcus gurneyi is not a stony coral, but a soft coral. It is one of the Octocorals but it differs from them in a few ways. Most soft corals attach themselves to hard substrates, but the Fleshy Sea Pen uses it’s own bulb shape to anchor into soft ocean bottom areas. This also makes it fairly easy for them to dislodge themselves and move around… Read More
"Just cuz I have antlers doesn’t mean I can be mounted on the wall, or made into a lamp!"
The name Antler Coral comes from its antler looking branches!
The Antler Coral, Acropora microphthalma, is a branching Acropora that is quite familiar. The group it belongs to is the horrida group, which is a group of corals that look similar and have rough branches. Other names that have arisen due to their branching forms include the Staghorn Coral, Branching Acropora, and Staghorn Acropora… Read More
Mini Reef Aquarium Guide
"Reef aquarium setup. How to set up any reef, large reef tanks to Nano reef tanks, Pico and MIcro reefs too!"
Mini Reef Aquariums can be as small or large as you want – from only a few gallons to
hundreds of gallons!
A mini reef is an aquarium set up in one’s home that keeps corals, invertebrates, and fish from the ocean that are allowed to be kept as pets. They can make for a very lively and entertaining centerpiece in your home! There is even rock used in reef aquariums called “live rock” due to all the little organisms that live and grow on it!
Actual reef aquariums differ from the a regular saltwater aquarium because they have actual corals, invertebrates and anemones rather than just fish with fake decorations in the tank… Read More!
Kenya Tree Coral
"I’m just an easy care beauty that will grow like a weed, a saltwater weed that is!"
The Kenya Tree Coral is a great soft coral for beginners!
The Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp. is extremely hardy once established in an aquarium and easily propagated. This makes them a very good beginner coral. It is definitely the strongest coral of all the Nephtheidae family genera and most people have vast success with them. As a matter of fact, they are so easily grown and kept that if you are part of a reef club or know people with reefs, many people will give one of theirs for free!… Read More
Saltwater Aquarium Guide
Setting up a Saltwater Aquarium
"Super Quick Guide – Beginner saltwater aquarium setup in five easy steps! All you need… supplies, setup, cycling, and fish!”
Anyone can keep a saltwater aquarium! If you so desire and are dedicated, you can begin
keeping many types of marine life!
Many types of marine life – including fish, invertebrates and corals are available to keep in a home saltwater aquarium. Owning and maintaining a saltwater fish tank can be extremely fun and exciting because of this, regardless of whether you are just starting out or not!
Check out Animal-World’s Quick Guide to a beginner’s saltwater aquarium! It gives an outline in five steps, including needed supplies, building the aquarium, cycling the aquarium, and how to introduce your fish… Read More!
Knobby False Coral
"What’s with this ‘knobby’ stuff? Don’t you think they should name me for my best attributes? After all I am the most colorful mushroom coral in the world!"
The Knobby False Coral can be expensive due to its brilliant colors!
The Knobby False Coral is another coral that belongs to the Ricordea genus and they have a large variety of amazing and beautiful colors. This makes them very sought after for coral enthusiasts! The more colorful and brilliant their colors, the more they cost. However, if you can get them to breed/multiply then you may be able to recover some of that cost. The other popular coral from this genus is the Florida False Coral R. florida… Read more
Florida False Coral
"It’s a lie! I am not false, I really am a coral! AND… I am one of the prettiest mushrooms you’ll ever lay eyes on!"< br />
The Florida False Coral quite often contains several mouths!
The Florida False Coral is part of the Ricordea genus and is quite colorful for a mushroom. Members of this genus are quite popular among aquarists due to their brilliant colors and variety. Depending on their colors, they can be quite expensive. There are definitely other corals that are more pricey though, such as the Knobby False Coral R. yuma… Read More