"I’m a tall and skinny soft coral, but that doesn’t mean I’m a clutz. I’m actually quite dignified, stately, and even graceful!"
The Tree Coral belongs to the Lemnalia genus, and it is a wiry, thin and tall soft coral!
The Lemnalia genus, in which the Tree Coral belongs, is part of the Nephtheidae family. The Tree Coral is relatively thin compared to other corals in that family and it also does not have polyps. It’s polyps are on it’s branches instead, and they are pretty scarce, not dense like many others in the family… Read More
Green Hairy Mushroom
"I’m called ‘green’, and I often am, but I can be pink and brown and a combo of colors too. But no matter how you paint me, I’m still a whole bunch of hairy!"
How could you not want a Green Hairy Mushroom in your coral reef?
The Green Hairy Mushroom is a very popular mushroom to have. It is part of the Rhodactis genus and almost everyone with an coral reef aquarium has one or wishes they had one. They are very pretty, easy to take care of, relatively inexpensive to buy, and usually abundant in pet stores or online… Read More
Waving Hand Coral
"How about a coral in your tank that greets you? I can do that! Can you feel the love?"
The Waving Hand Coral has long tentacles coming from its polyps, which look like
The Waving Hand Coral or Anthelia sp. is an encrusting genus, which is the main thing that separates it from other Xeniids. They have an encrusting mat which their long and cylindrical polyps grow from. At the top of these polyps they have eight pinnate (feathering) tentacles which are very long. Other names this coral goes by include the Feather Coral, the Glove Coral, and the Pulse Coral… Read More
Elephant Ear Mushroom
"What’s big, leathery, wavy or folded, and can take over the center of a large reef aquarium? That’s right!… ME!"
The Elephant Ear Mushroom has a shape similar to an elephants ear – hence it’s name!
The Elephant Ear Mushroom, or Rhodactis mussoides, is a fairly large mushroom, especially in its genus. They do very well in large aquariums because they can reach up to 15″ (40 cm) in diameter and have a very leafy appearance. Many people believe it is an elegant way to fill an aquarium and is impressive to look at… Read More
Umbrella Mushroom or Mottled Mushroom
"Uh oh… looks like rain! Hey wait a minute, what do I care about rain? I can’t get more mottled than I already am!"
The Umbrella Mushroom came by its name because it can turn inside out and look like an
The Umbrella Mushroom, or Discosoma neglecta, is so named because of its umbrella shape. It has an upside down dome shape which makes it have the appearance of an inverted umbrella. However, its middle section tapers down at the edges and is raised in the center… Read More
Purple Sea Blade
"I’m purple and it’s a special color! It’s the color of the mysterious, royalty, and the spiritual. Now don’t you think I’m all of that and more?!
The Purple Sea Blade can grow very tall and spread out it’s purple color to beautify
The Purple Sea Blade Pterogorgia anceps, is quite often a darkish purple, making it true to its name. They can reach almost 3 feet (1 meter) in height, and of the Pterogorgia genus they are the largest. When you look at a cross section of the Purple Sea Blade, you will see 3 to 4 flat and flanged branches that look like and “X” or a “Y”, which helps give them the other names they are known by: The Angular Sea Whip and the Purple Ribbon… Read More
"Seeing is believing… and red is RED! If you want red in your reef, this exotic mushroom coral is the one for you!"
The Red Mushroom is extremely beautiful and will really spice up your aquarium!.
The Red Mushroom or Metallic Red Mushroom A. cardinalis is quite stunning and has a true red color. This is unusual because most reds in the aquarium world are more brown or orange. Because of this these corals are definitely sought after for aquariums. They are also efficient at taking out unwanted nutrients in the water. If you want to make sure they don’t spread too far, make sure to provide a surrounding barrier around their main rock and keep it a minimum of 6 inches from your main rocks… Read More
Cabbage Leather Coral
"No…I’m not an anemone, nor a corallamorph, and I”m not actually a mushroom either! So who’d ever thought I was a soft leather coral?!
This Cabbage Leather Coral is great for beginners because it is so hardy!
The Cabbage Leather Coral has several perks, a couple being that it is both durable and attractive. It’s colors include everything from yellow, gray, pink, and purple to cream, brown and tan. Sometimes it can even be green! Its appearance resembles lettuce or cabbage and has broad “leaves”. The projections are lobed and have radial striations that are very delicate and that fold along the fringe… Read More
"For a bouquet of flowers swaying in your reef, Xenia corals are the all time favorite. But watch out, they can become a weed"
The Pulse Coral is considered very beautiful, due to its shape and pulsing action!
The Pulse Corals Xenia sp. are very popular among reef aquarists. Their heads pulse and their polyps wave in the water, which is very soothing to watch. These corals generally grow in the direction that the water is flowing, which makes it fairly easy to manipulate where and how they grow in an aquarium. Many people like to have them grow up the back of their aquarium for a nice visual effect… Read More
Finger Leather Coral
"What has fingers, feels like leather, looks like a chili pepper, is called a colt… and lives in all the worlds oceans?
Being a fast grower and easy to care for, the Finger Leather Coral is a great soft coral
The Finger Leather Coral Alcyonium sp. is a great soft coral for beginners. They can survive in a variety of conditions – including different water temperatures, and different lighting conditions. In the wild the Alcyonium genus is found in all types of water including temperate, warm, and subtropical waters. They are found in basically all world waters and are easy to take care of… Read More