Maze Brain Coral
"An amazing coral is the ‘Maze Brain’ Coral. Twists and turns, forming hills and valleys…. Yup, an amazing maze!"
The Maze Brain is truly magnificent looking with it’s “maze” like surface appearance!
The Maze Brain Coral Platygyra sp. is full of valleys and walls on its surface. They form colonies in the wild that can become quite large and can be either dome shaped or flat. These corals are thought to be a relatively new species, with them only evolving in recent history. They can be hard to separate from some other species unless they are being observed in the same locations as them… Read More
Bushy Sea Rod
"What comes to mind when you think of a rod?… a hot rod, fishing rod, Rod Stewart? Well they don’t hold a ‘candle’ to me
This Bushy Sea Rod develops its branches in twisted and bushy forms!
The Bushy Sea Rod Rumphella sp. is a gorgonian with photosynthetic properties. It is found at various depths in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Part of the Gorgoniidae family, they have a central branch that the rest of the coral grows from. They have an outside rind where polyps grow from. The gorgonian family name comes from a protein substance in the branches called gorgonin. This results in a rigid structure. Colors come in yellow, tan, and mostly brown… Read More
Cabbage Leather Coral
"No, this cabbage is NOT supper… Though it looks good enough to eat!
This Cabbage Leather Coral is very plentiful and easy to care for!
The Cabbage Leather Coral, Lobophytum crassum is an octocoral and is very well known in the coral world. These soft corals form low encrusting colonies and have lobed projections that protrude from their heavy and thick outside “skin.” They actually do look very similar to cabbages and other common names are the Flower Coral, the Rabbit Ear Leather Coral, and the Lobbed Leather Coral… Read More
"You can take your best shot, but my polyps twist and turn all over the place. Easy care, but good luck with your targeting!"
Being a hardy stony coral, the Bullseye Coral is very attractive!
In it’s natural habitat, the Bullseye Coral Caulastrea curvata can grow to over 16 feet or 5 meters in diameter. They also generate large and low growing colonies. Their growing branches are generally spaced wide apart and form from a common base. The branches on the outer most part of the colonies will curve upwards, giving them their distinctive name of Curved Finger Coral. It is also called the Trumpet Coral, Torch Coral, and Candy Coral… Read more
Devil’s Hand Coral
"Oh my gosh, even in the ocean the devil has a hand!
The Devil’s Finger Coral allows an aquarium to have a beautiful and colorful display!
In general, the Devil’s Finger Coral Lobophytum sp. is a relatively easy to care for and to reproduce. They have a large variance in the shapes and colors that are produced and this genus can make a great challenge for advanced aquarists to breed for the variations.
This coral can be brittle when held, so you will want to be careful when handling it. Their outside is fleshy feeling with many projections. Their colonies that form are low and encrusting and can be either erect or bowl-shaped. In the wild they can grow to over 1 meter or 3 feet in diameter… Read More
"Want a tall, gorgeous looker dress to kill in red? I may be just the ticket!"
The Red Gorgonian can grow extremely tall – often the entire height of your aquarium!
Depending on how much the water moves in the ocean or the aquarium, the Leptogorgia genus can develop many different shapes. These shapes include a dichotomous structure (a “Y” shaped pattern of branches) and a branch structure that is feathery or a pinnate structure. The Red Gorgonian generally grows quite tall, oftentimes up to 18″ in height. Other common names for the red gorgonians include the Sea Spray, the Sea Fan, and the Sea Whip… Read More
Elephant Ear Coral
"I can get big, I’m all ears, and I’m dressed in ruffles… What am I?
The Elephant Ear Coral has a ruffled look and is considered a mushroom coral or
Being a favored leather coral in the Sarcophyton genus, the Elephant Ear Coral (or Green Toadstool Coral), Sarcophyton trocheliophorum is often kept by enthusiasts. As it grows, this coral develops deep folds in its cap, and it also looks similar to mushrooms and toadstools. The name Elephant Ear comes from these deep folds. Thus the name Elephant Ear. This is also a great beginner’s coral due to it’s tough nature, and it adds variety to a soft coral tank… Read More
Pacific Encrusting Gorgonian
"I’m a star polyp with very feathery tentacles. I’m pretty and hardy too, and I will grow anything!”
The Pacific Encrusting Gorgonian is easy to take care of, propagate, and is
The Pacific Encrusting Gorgonian – Briareum stechei – is a durable gorgonian. This common species is found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. In the wild they are found in waters that range from a couple inches deep to over 100 feet deep (30 m). These corals mostly form encrusting corals that are unbranced and have a low profile stolon (mat). A few of these will also grow erect and form upright stalks that are thick and short from the mat. Read More
Red Striped Mushroom
"I’m often called a Red Mushroom, Red-brown Mushroom, and even a Pimples Mushroom. One look at my face and you can see why!"
The shade of this mushroom depends entirely on where it’s original location is!
Other names for the Red Stripe Mushroom A. ferrugatus are the Pimples Mushroom, the Red Mushroom, or the Red-brown Mushroom. Due to it’s rusty brown color, it is very recognizable. The location that they originate from dictates their color – the most red ones originate in Hawaii! These are attractive mushrooms, with beautiful ruffled edges – great for spicing up an aquarium! Read More
Green Star Polyps
"I’m a star! So what makes me a star? Hint: my beautiful starburst polyps!"
An extremely soft and durable soft coral, Green Star Polyps make wonderful beginner corals!
The Green Star Polyps – Pachyclavularia violacea is a beautiful and robust coral. It’s tentacles can range anywhere from green, yellow or light green, and it’s mat is red or purple. There are a total of 8 tentacles, which are long, smooth, and thin – which is in contrast to other encrusting gorgonians that have feathery tentacles. The tentacles protect it’s mouth, which is in the center of the coral and is yet even another color… Read More