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
Radiating Mushroom Coral
"Called the Fine Striped Mushroom, or just Striped Mushroom, this guy is a true classic for the sophisticated reef tank!"
With beautiful stripes that radiate from it’s center, the Radiating Mushroom Coral
lives up to its name!
Two other names for the Radiating Mushroom Coral Actinodiscus striata are the Striped Mushroom and the Fine Striped Mushroom. Coming in many different colors, they all the same theme – radial stripes coming from their centers. Only reaching 2-3″ (5-8 cm), their oral disc may contain small bumps or have a completely smooth surface. This coral multiplies entirely on its own and is quite hardy – which can end up giving you many more mushrooms in your aquarium… Read More
"If you like carnations, and you like aquariums, I can offer you the best of both worlds!"
The Carnation Coral loves a pristine home and is very beautiful, however it has
specialized needs, making it difficult to keep in a home aquarium!
The Carnation Coral Dendronephthya sp. originates in the tropical reefs and is quite an exotic looking soft coral. It has more color combinations (including it’s stalks) than almost any other soft coral, including greens, purples, whites, oranges, bright reds, pinks, and yellows. They can also change colors – which makes them even more spectacular! Common names for this coral are: the Carnation Coral, Colored Cauliflower Coral, Ledge Coral, Carnation Tree Coral, and the Tree Coral. The Strawberry Coral is an extremely brilliant pink or red specimen!… Read More
Green Metallic Mushroom
"This mushroom has is a very pretty color pallet, especially with a metallic touch, and it can look ‘fuzzy’ too!"
The common names Brown Mushroom or Fuzzy Mushroom may draw a mental picture of a
drab mushroom,but this guy has a few color surprises!
The Actinodiscus malaccensis species is also known as the Metallic Mushroom or Green Metallic Mushroom, and can be a very attractive mushroom indeed. These mushroom corals come in brown, green, gray or beige-brown and they have little short tentacles that can be a combination of these colors. The name Fuzzy Mushroom denotes a much more pronounced texture than other mushrooms in this genus, and they will grab larger particulate matter from the water column… Read More
Finger Leather Coral
"What has fingers, feels like leather, looks like a chili pepper, is called a colt… and lives in all the worlds oceans? ME!"
Very fast growing and easy to take care of, the familiar Finger Leather Coral is a
very popular soft coral!
The Alcyonium sp. (Finger Leather Coral) typically is found in temperate, warm, and subtropical waters around the world. They are extremely easy to take care of, which makes them a favorite and popular coral for beginners. In a reef aquarium they adapt to cool water, warm water, bright lights, low lights, just about any environment they are introduced to… Read More
"Eye-catching colors and wild shapes, this coral has several fascinating varieties!"
The Hedgehog Coral often forms amazing relationships with Clown gobies –
give it a try keeping them together!
Clown Goby’s from the genus Gobiodon have similar living habits with the Echinopora genus (including the hedgehog coral) as the more popular clownfish do with anemones. These coral gobies love to make their homes among both Hedgehog Corals and other corals such as the Acroporas and will sometimes even spawn in a reef aquarium if given enough individual territories and free room. The gobies only reach about 2 1/2 inches, have a toxic body slime, and are very energetic! A great combination to have in a coral reef aquarium!.. Read More
"How about a little Metallic Green Coral in the mix, just to brighten things up!"
The Torch Coral is not only beautiful, but can also be a great surrogate anemone
for your clownfish!
The gorgeous Torch Coral E. glabrescens really stands out from the other Euphyllia spp. with its flowing tentacles. The tentacles are straight with no branching and are generally very long and thin, eliminating the use for sweeper tentacles. They are tipped in a contrasting color of cream, green, or white, hence its common name. It is also a branching species… Read More
Flexible Leather Coral
"Can yoga excercises and a leather coral mix? Look at this flexible fellow and see what you think!"
The gentle sway of a Flexible Leather Coral has an almost hypnotic movement
in the correct water flow!
Mesmerizing to watch, the Flexible Leather Coral Sinularia flexibilis is a bit more flexible than others in its genus. A more distinctive difference however, is that it is slimy to touch rather than having the dry, leathery feel most of the leather corals are known for.
Like other Sinularia sp., the Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral is not as sensitive to handling and is an easy coral to propagate. This contributes to their predominating numbers in the ocean and makes them ready availability for the reef aquarium. But water quality is important to them, making them a bit more challenging to care for than their siblings… Read More
Splendid Knotted Fan Coral
"What could be more splendid that a beautiful, colorful fan coral in your reef? There’s just one problem… VERY difficult to keep!"
The Splendid Knotted Fan Coral is a rarity in the aquarium industry, and a hard to keep beauty!
The Acabaria corals are found in the Red Sea, Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Maldives. They inhabit reef crests, current swept slopes, and calm open water; but live along shaded areas or under overhangs and in dimly lit caves. They are very colorful! The attraction of these sea fans is the deep red or deep orange color of their rind contrasted behind light polyps. They also have fascinating twists and turns in their branches… Read More
"Big lumpy fingers full of fluff is the best way to describe me… I just don’t know where "colt" came from!"
The Colt Coral has heavy lumpy looking “fingers” covered with fluffy polyps,
and they grow in all directions!
The Colt Coral Cladiella sp. is a popular and easy care leather coral that is readily available for the reef aquarium. It has projections resembling fingers that are round to cone-shaped, and stubby. These thick finger-like projections branch upward from a very short, pale white stalk. They will fork and grow more projections, which grow out in all directions. They have polyps that are fully retractable, yet when extended are well tufted, giving it a very fluffy appearance. All total these characteristics give a “thicker” look to their colonies… Read More