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
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
"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
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