Acanthastrea are LPS (Large Polyp Stony) corals. The most common coral in the Acantastrea family is the Acanthastrea lordhowensis coral. The “Acan Lord” coral is extremely popular in the aquarium trade due to its strikingly gorgeous coloration and fascinating feeding responses.
This coral family is widely known in the aquarium trade. With exquisite color variations and extremely unique growth patterns, this coral species will add depth and movement to any size aquarium.
Commonly know as Hammer Coral, Frogspawn, Torch Coral, and Octospawn.
Scolymia Australis stands out due to its unusual appearance and structure, and distinguishing pigments. These corals are amongst the brightest in color patterns and variations.
Cyphastrea play a big role in reef building in the ocean. In the aquarium trade you will most likely find encrusting species of Cyphastrea but there are also branching and plating species. Cyphastrea are one of the easier corals species in the SPS family which make them a great coral for any hobbyist wanting to get into SPS corals. Cyphastrea will make a great addition to any aquarium with their vibrant pop of colors.
LPS Corals (Large Polyp Stony Corals) encompass a large variety of different species of Corals. All having different coral growth patterns. LPS corals tend to be robust corals and make an excellent addition for any aquarium hobbyist.
Acropora is a genus of small polyp stony coral in the phylum Cnidaria. Acropora species are some of the major reef corals responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef. Most of the hard corals live in the endosymbiosis with single-celled algae “Zooxanthellae”. These Zooxanthellae is what provides the colorless exoskeleton its extremely striking colorations and variations.
Montipora is a genus of Scleractinian corals in the phylum Cnidaria. Members of the genus Montipora may exhibit many different growth morphologies, often growing in both horizontal and vertical direction.
In general, the colorful Small Polyped Stony corals have small polyps on a calcareous skeleton. In many instances they are either branching or plated. SPS corals are considered more difficult to keep than the LPS or soft corals and are not recommended for beginner aquariust.
Zoanthus are the ideal starter corals due to their low requirements, and their amazing colorations. Zoanthids are every easy to grow into larger spectacular colonies.
Mushroom Corals come in a large variety of color variations and shapes. In the recent years this coral has exploded in popularity. The Mushroom coral is extremely easy to grow successfully and requires relatively low maintenance.
Soft corals are exactly as the name describes, they are soft and lack a calcium carbonate exoskeleton. These corals are relatively easy to grow in a large variety of different aquarium systems. This coral makes an excellent candidate to add to an aquarium system if you would like to become familiar with corals or just want to add an easy-care coral to your preexisting reef aquarium. Soft corals come in unique colors which can make them very desirable.
The phrase Chalice Coral represents a variety of corals including the Echinophyllia, Echinopora, Echinomorpha, Oxypora, Mycedium, Pectinia, Lithophyllon and Physophyllia genus. Chalice Corals are relatively easy to care for and are great for all levels of aquarist.
Often referred to as a "doughnut" or "meat" coral, Acanthophyllia corals are a single large polyp coral. Acanthophyllia come in an array of stunning colors often times with large striations of contrasting colors. These corals are a true centerpiece for any aquarium as they are often very vibrant and large in size.
Duncan corals are a beloved coral in the aquarium trade as they are easy to care for and peaceful as well as giving the aquarium some movement with thyre whisker-like tentacles. Duncan corals grow in a dense tubular like structure.
Fungia corals are a flat, solitary coral generally found with a single mouth. Normally found in a round shape but some are elongated such as the "Tongue Coral". Also known as plate corals which is a group of corals reffered to a group of species from the Fungiidae family. The most common varieties seen in the aquarium hobby are Fungia, Heliofungia, Diaseris, Cycloseris, and Lithophyllon.
Commonly referred to as spiny cup corals, Pectina have a plate-like structure but shoot up spikes, Pectinia have one of the most interesting growth patterns in the aquarium hobby.
Lobophyllia comes in many different colors and textures and make a great centerpiece for any hobbyist.
Goniopora has quickly became a very desirable coral in the aquarium industry, mostly due to its long tentacles and bright coloration. Often found in lagoons and turbid water conditions. Goniopora have numerous daisy-like polyps that extend outward from the base
Trachyphyllia are a large polyp stony coral that is commonly referred to as an Open Brain Coral. They are a free living coral meaning that colonies with the ability to inflate their tissues and move around with the help of the water current. Commonly referred to as Open Brain Corals, Wellsophyllia/Trachyphyllia are desired by hobbyist due to their normally large structure and vibrant colors.
Favia have an encrusting base but normally grow into a dome-like shape. Favias are a great coral for a beginner and experts alike as they are relatively easy to care for and come in a plethora of colors.