The Elephant Ear Mushroom

September 22, 2011 by  
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Elephant Ear MushroomElephant 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

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Umbrella Mushroom or Mottled Mushroom

September 16, 2011 by  
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Umbrella Mushroom or Mottled MushroomUmbrella 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

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The Purple Sea Blade

September 8, 2011 by  
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Purple Sea Blade - Pterogorgia ancepsPurple Sea Blade
Pterogorgia anceps

"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

your aquarium!

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

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The Red Mushroom

September 6, 2011 by  
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Red MushroomRed Mushroom
"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

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The Cabbage Leather Coral – Sinularia dura

August 25, 2011 by  
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Cabbage Leather Coral - Sinularia duraCabbage Leather Coral
Sinularia dura

"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

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The Pulse Coral

August 22, 2011 by  
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Pulse Coral - Xenia sp.Pulse Coral
Xenia sp.

"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

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The Finger Leather Coral

August 18, 2011 by  
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Finger Leather Coral - Alcyonium sp.Finger Leather Coral
Alcyonium sp.

"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

for aquarists!

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

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The Maze Brain Coral

August 15, 2011 by  
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Maze Brain Coral - Platygyra Sp.Maze Brain Coral
Platygyra Sp.

"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

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The Bushy Sea Rod

August 4, 2011 by  
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Bushy Sea Rod - Rumphella sp.Bushy Sea Rod
Rumphella sp.

"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

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The Cabbage Leather Coral – Lobophytum crassum

August 1, 2011 by  
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Cabbage Leather Coral - Lobophytum crassumCabbage Leather Coral
Lobophytum crassum

"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

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