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

umbrella!

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 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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Devil’s Hand Coral

July 9, 2011 by  
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Devil's Hand Coral - Lobophytum Sp.Devil’s Hand Coral
Lobophytum Sp.

"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

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Red Gorgonian

July 6, 2011 by  
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Red Gorgonian - Leptogorgia chilensisRed Gorgonian

Leptogorgia chilensis
"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

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