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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MOREMore:

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“Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

ccdaSexy Corals Super Schroom “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless
Who would have thought that mushroom corals would ascend up the ladder of corals in high demand? After all, they’ve been around forever, are virtually indestructible, reproduce like crazy, and are usually quite boring. Despite that, the hobby still surprises us with individuals like the one pictured above, a “Jawbreaker” variant of the the Discosoma mushroom. While the typical Jawbreaker is orange with hints of red, green and yellow, this super sexy mushroom from Sexy Corals takes it up a few notches with its kaleidoscope of colors. Called the SC Super Schroom, this coral sports orange, green, red, purple, and hints of blue. Besides what we can derive from the image, there is literally zero information on this particular mushroom. We don’t have a price tag (we probably don’t want to know), but we do know that it sold to someone in Texas. Perhaps it’s a fellow reef keeper in my area. MORE: “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us SpeechlessMore:

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Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas

dbe1Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas
We’ve seen some pretty awesome chalices in our day, but this one is probably going to rank right up near the top of our list of all time favorites. Called the Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia, this rainbow colored colony from Unique Corals is totally different from the other multi-colored chalices that we’ve come across in recent years. Undoubtedly, there has been a huge explosion of out-of-this-world chalices, but this one differs from the rest of the pack in that its colors look like they were dripped onto the coral canvas. Most of the chalices we’ve seen have a distinct separation of colors, but the Acid Patchwork piece blends and layers the colors so much better. According to Unique Corals, this maricultured chalice has been in captivity for several weeks, maintaining its ‘”acid-etched” conglamoration of color’ under LED lighting. The price on this insane coral was set at just under $1100, but it has been marked as “out of stock” on the site. MORE: Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our RetinasMore:

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Night-Diving in Curacao, Giant Porcupinefish

9a16Nightdive Ikelite 3 Night Diving in Curacao, Giant PorcupinefishGood morning from Curacao! Good news, we got more rain and our bone dry island is starting to turn green again, I can’t tell you how happy I am! The downside to the rain was getting stuck in it for two hours on Saturday while cycling around the island. I finally talked two friends into joining me on my long weekend bike ride and within minutes of starting it stated to rain! Yeah not fun! MOREMore:

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Amazing Fluorescing Corals Seen During Red Sea Night Dive

 Coral fluorescence is one of the many mysterious things that draws aquarium hobbyists to reef tanks like moths to a flame. And it apparently draws a lot of divers to venture out on dangerous night dives as well. Armed with intense blue lighting rigs, the crew from FireDive Gear took to Masbat Bay in the Red Sea to view various marine organisms, and the resulting footage just blows us away. Demoed in the annotated short version above, the clip shows images of the corals during the day followed immediately by a video clip of each of the fluorescing corals at night. The list of animals featured in the video includes a Tridacna maxima clam, feather starfish, hermit crab, a handful of different fish, cuttlefish, octopus, and a neon green carpet anemone. While the video above is a couple of years old, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share its beauty with all of you. MORE: Amazing Fluorescing Corals Seen During Red Sea Night DiveMore:

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The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital Fishroom

48daTDF Grafted Starburst Monti The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital Fishroom
Hobbyists have have enjoyed performing numerous growth experiments on Montipora corals, both encrusting and plating alike. While most of the tinkering has resulted in the blending two or more different colored individuals into one coral, which usually reverts back to a single colored coral, every once in a while something truly special pops up on our radars. Such is the case for The Digital Fishroom, who recently shared their Starburst Grafted Monti. According to the article, this is a naturally occurring pigment graft that has been isolated and successfully reproduced over and over again the last couple of years. What we like so much about this particular graft isn’t just the fact that the base color is two different colors, but that the polyps exhibit some random color morphing as well. If you take a look at both images (one above, one below), you’ll notice that the polyps in the red/orange portion of the coral stay that orange-ish color for the most part, but randomly show neon green highlights. Similarly, the polyps on the green portion of the coral show those interruptions of orange. And this blending doesn’t just occur where the orange and green base colors meet, but randomly throughout the frags. There are currently only four WYSIWYG frags available for the initial release. They are priced at $200 per frag (includes shipping) and all frags have were made about a month ago…meaning they’re all healed up from the fragging process MORE: The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital FishroomMore:

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5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer Espouse

aquarium misconceptions 300x169 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseCasting my mind back on my early days as a marine aquarium keeper, it’s funny how some of my stances on various aspects of the hobby have, shall we say, evolved in the intervening years. Of course, these changing opinions have led to different ways of doing things—and different ways of dispensing advice. Here are just a few examples (experienced salties, see if any of these sound familiar to you): 1) Quarantine is an extravagance I used to think quarantining new specimens was more of a luxury than a necessity. Besides, despite my failure to quarantine, I somehow got lucky and managed to sneak by with no major disease problems for quite some time. Oh, what a naïve fool I was! No one could have convinced me that I was playing a game of Russian roulette and running out of empty chambers. It took (wait for it!) an outbreak of Cryptocaryon to achieve that. There’s nothing like the sight of all your prized fish dashing around the tank and scraping their bodies on the rockwork to change your mind about the importance of quarantine! 2) Live rock hitchhikers should be eradicated with extreme prejudice More: 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseMore:

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Yellowline Arrow-Crab, Stenorhynchus seticornis

faf3Arrow Crab 457x305 Yellowline Arrow Crab, Stenorhynchus seticornisGood morning from windy, dry Curacao!! As some of you know the World Cup of Soccer is underway which translates to non-stop craziness around here!!! There are soccer parties everyday on the beach and at every snack in town, people driving around with different country flags on their cars and going crazy if their teams win and everyone is wearing soccer clothing. My colleagues are shocked that I know nothing about the sport and that I am not watching every second of every game, sorry! MOREMore:

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