SPS Deep Dive – Acropora Lokani

One of my favorite corals of all time is the Acropora Lokani. This deepwater beauty has sturdy main branches that run horizontal with thin, small branches that shoot up. It is a smooth skin SPS with polyps at the end of its branches. The more popular pieces have a nice purple or blue coloration but you will also see them with a cream or brown color. One of the more sought after Lokani’s is the “20,000 Leagues Lokani”, which picked up it’s deepwater nickname from the famous novel and film, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. The colony I had in my 225g tank was a maricultured piece I bought sight unseen from an online retailer. It was sold to me as a Purple Monster but it turned

Epizoanthus, and the Hermit Crabs that love them

One of the most diverse groups of zoantharian corals is also one of the least known amongst aquarists. Epizoanthus is composed of dozens of species, ranging from shallow waters to habitats hundreds of meters deep, from tropical coral reefs to cold temperate climes,...