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Close up Colt Coral
Colt Coral

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 […]

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Coral (Sarcophyton glaucum)
Common Toadstool Coral

The Common Toadstool Coral Sarcophyton glaucum is one of the well-known and readily available soft corals. Like other leather corals in the Sarcophyton genus, it resembles a mushroom or toadstool. Consequently the S. glaucum has many names similar to other leathers such as Toadstool Leather Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Cup Leather Coral, Toadstool, Umbrella Coral, […]

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Cluster Coral

   The Cluster Coral, highlighted by a rather ‘scaly’ look, is a gorgeous Acro but more difficult to keep!    The colors of A. millepora are very attractive. They are most commonly found in green with orange tips, but can also be bright salmon-pink, blue, green, pale green, bright orange, or pink. The Cluster Coral […]

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Carnation Tree Coral
Carnation Tree Coral: Info, Facts, Pictures, & More

The Carnation Coral Dendronephthya sp. is one of the most exotic-looking soft corals of the tropical reefs. It also occurs in more colors and color combinations than just about all other soft coral found in the aquarium reef industry. The colors are crazy bright reds, purples, pinks, greens, whites oranges and yellows and mixes of […]

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cat's eye coral or Cynarina Lacrymalis
Cat’s Eye Coral

   The beautiful Cat’s Eye Coral Cynarina lacrymalis is perhaps the most delicate beauty in the coral world. It is the largest single polyp coral in nature, and can be free living or attached to the substrate. They have either a round or oval structure topped with fleshy translucent bubble shaped lobes. The large underlying […]

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Chalice Coral

   A reef keeper’s dream, the Chalice coral is easy to keep and has the most remarkable, bright and vivid, coloration!    The Echinophyllia genus is not only one of the easiest to keep of the Pectiniidae family, but the most colorful. In the wild they inhabit numerous habitats at various depths and water flow. […]

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cabbage corals growing on a reef slope
Cabbage Coral

   The Cabbage Coral Montipora foliosa is a plate Montipora. It typically grows in colonies of thin plates without upright branches forming on the surface. But it does have rows of ridges run perpendicular to the edge, or margin of the coral, which is a good identifying characteristic. It is described by various common names […]

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Candy cane coral (Caulastrea echinulata)
Candycane Coral

The Candycane Coral Caulastrea furcata is a colorful species, usually with brown polyps and neon green centers. The outside brown part can also have lighter stripes radiating out from the center. It has been very successfully propagated in captivity. Some of the aquacultured colors of C. furcata are blue with green centers, yellow with green […]

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bird's nest coral
Bird’s Nest Coral

The Bird’s Nest Coral Seriatopora hystrix is not only very attractive, but in nature it also becomes the permanent residence of small crabs. Several species of crabs can modify the shape of the species in the Seriatopora genus and some other types of corals. A gall-forming crab called Hapalocarcinus marsupialis is one factor in the […]

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Tubastraea - black sun coral
Black Sun Coral

   The color and growth form of the fascinating Black Sun Coral Tubastraea micranthus will peak the interest of all coral enthusiasts. They are also known as the Branching Black Sun Coral, because they form erect colonies that are richly branched and tree-like. In the wild, these colonies can reach 40″ (1 m) in height. […]

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