Palm Tree Polyps

December 13, 2011 by  
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Palm Tree Polyps - Clavularia Sp.Palm Tree Polyps
Clavularia Sp.

“How about a grove of palm trees in your reef aquarium? This beauty can do just that!”

The Palm Tree Polyps are an easy to care for and beautiful coral!

The Palm Tree Polyps C. viridis is named after the way it looks – like a palm tree! Actually, its tentacles look like palm fronds and each one is surrounded by what is called a pinnule or feathery looking structure. The coloring varies and can include yellow, green or tan in different areas. Other names the Palm Tree Polyps are called are Fern Polyps and Clove Polyps.

Out of the many Clove Polyps, the Palm Tree Polyps is only one! The polyps are contained within unlayered flat stolons that are connected and housed in a structure that reminds you of mesh. These corals are mat-like and encrust. The mats as well can be a variety of colors – including gray, tan or brown. The tubular calyces that house the polyps are small – only 0.5 to 2 inches tall (1 to 5 cm). The size depends on the species. There are a total of 8 tentacles, which again come in a variety of colors! White, brown, purple, green, yellow, and pink with possibly a combination of contrasting colors. Also, if needed the polyps have a base that allows complete retraction… Read More

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The Idaho Grape Montipora

December 6, 2011 by  
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Idaho Grape Montipora - Montipora undataIdaho Grape Montipora
Montipora undata

“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

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Organ Pipe Coral

November 27, 2011 by  
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Organ Pipe Coral - Tubipora musicaOrgan Pipe Coral
Tubipora musica

“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

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The Velvet Finger Montipora

November 20, 2011 by  
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Velvet Finger Montipora - Montipora digitataVelvet Finger Montipora
Montipora digitata

“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

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The Fleshy Sea Pen Soft Coral

November 9, 2011 by  
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Fleshy Sea Pen - Ptilosarcus gurneyiFleshy Sea Pen
Ptilosarcus gurneyi

"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

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The Knobby False Coral

October 19, 2011 by  
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Knobby False CoralKnobby 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

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The Tree Coral

October 8, 2011 by  
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Tree Coral - Lemnalia sp.Tree Coral
Lemnalia sp.

"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

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The Green Hairy Mushroom

September 29, 2011 by  
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Green Hairy MushroomGreen 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

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The Waving Hand Coral

September 24, 2011 by  
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Waving Hand Coral - Anthelia sp.Waving Hand Coral
Anthelia sp.

"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

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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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