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Morgan Moore

About Morgan Moore

I'm a real Floridian from Ft Myers. I live in Coral Gables where I eat, sleep, and breathe corals. Well maybe not eat... ;] I love all creatures great and small, growing corals is my passion and writing about them is just fun. When I'm not online melting my brain I'm outside engaging in our beautiful world. You can see my frag babies at:
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Montipora Invasion!

Uncommon Montipora verrucosa

Uncommon Montipora verrucosa

For someone that loves acropora as much as I do, I sit here tonight staring at my beautiful 250 gallon mother colony system wondering how it ended up seventy five percent full of montipora colonies. When did this sneaky addiction to montipora over take my desire to keep acropora? I know that I originally started keeping montipora colonies for more practical reasons years ago, because they generally grow faster than acropora and tend to be easier to keep. As a coral farmer these are the kinds of corals I look for so they earn more real estate in my… More:

Have you met Carl? Discosoma Carlgreni

 Being a Florida native I have a lot of appreciation for our unique local corals. The corals that come from the Florida Keys and surrounding reefs generally aren’t as popular as their Pacific relatives, but are equally as beautiful. This week I would like to introduce Discosoma carlgreni mushrooms. These are probably one of the most unrecognized mushrooms in the hobby. When I have posted pictures of them online, few people can identify them because they are not readily available to LFS and hobbyists alike. Like other discosoma mushrooms there are many different color morphs and tentacle patterns within this species. Carlgreni mushrooms are easily overlooked even in their natural habitat because they occur in very silty areas and are often found growing at the base of gorgonians in partial shade. Even though they are from different families, Carlgreni mushrooms share many of the same characteristics and care requirements as Tonga mushrooms (Rhodactis inchoata). They prefer moderate lighting, med – low flow, and don’t need pristine water conditions; making them a suitable candidate as a beginner coral. Unlike other discosoma mushrooms which have a tendency to spread and take over an aquarium, these are a much slower growing variety. Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned next week for another mysterious mushroom, Discosoma sanctithomae.… More:

Multicolor Globe Urchins to Light Up Your Reef

Hello! My name is Morgan Moore and I am very happy to join as a new contributor. I have been in the hobby since 2002 and in recent years have written some for CORAL magazine. I manage down in Coral Gables, FL. I have a passion for all things big and small within this hobby and I love growing corals. I look forward to sharing my interests with all of you! Finding an all around good algae eater for a reef tank can be quite challenging. One type of snail or hermit will eat this, but not that. So you need a whole cleanup crew to take care of the various pesky weeds that like to spring up in your aquarium. Since I keep many acropora, I run an ultra low nutrient system; however I do still have my battles with certain macroalgae that like to grow regardless of my nutrient levels. One of my least favorite types of algae that has come into the hobby over the last few years is Dictyota. This algae thrives on high light and still grows like crazy in lower nutrient systems, on top of that almost nothing eats it. It loves to take over whole sections of my egg-crate stands and grow all over frag plugs. No amount of me wishing it dead has made it stop growing. Snails won’t touch it, my Desjardini and other tangs don’t eat it, and even my Magnificent Foxface (Siganus magnificus) only picks at it. Enter my savior,… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.