Nano Tank Profile: Colorful & Hardy Corallimorphs

Recently, a  new hobbyist asked me to provide recommendations for a simple, hardy system with low energy consumption.  Many are interested in these types of systems due to increased costs in today’s economy, but they still desire the joys this hobby...

Coming soon from Fauna Marin: Coral Dust

Fauna Marin will soon be introducing to the U.S. market what it’s calling “particle-based food…perfected.” Formally known as Ricordea and Zoathus food, Coral Dust takes particle-based feeding to a whole new level, applying the effectiveness of Ric / Zoa food and making it even better. Feed…the natural way Fauna Marin Coral Dust contains natural food particles that have been perfectly formulated with special proteins and particulate plankton. No binders, fillers or unwanted ingredients – just quality natural food for your coral. Perfect for all Ricordea, Zoanthids, Goniopora, and other LPS coral. Fauna Marin Coral Dust will soon be available for purchase in the United States, with pricing and availability announced shortly. SOURCE: Fauna Marin

Ricordea Florida: an Underappreciated Caribbean Beauty

A group of Ricordea floridaAs an American reefkeeper, it’s all too easy for me to forget that some truly gorgeous invertebrate livestock originates relatively close to home in the tropical western Atlantic and Caribbean. I was reminded of this recently when CC entrusted several of his Caribbean specimens to my care in advance of his pending move to the great state of Florida. By the way, if you “felt a great disturbance in the force” some weeks back, it had nothing to do with the destruction of Alderaan. More likely, it was just Chris’s head exploding at the thought of his prized Caribbean species intermingling with my lowly Indo-Pacific corals and fish. Did I ever mention that CC is a terrible “species-ist”?Anyway, among this adopted assortment are several color varieties of Ricordea florida. Now, prior to receiving these specimens, it had been a long time since I’d given much thought to rics, and I’d forgotten how truly stunning these humble corallimorphs can be, so it was really nice to get reacquainted with them. They’re also fairly rugged, so whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hobbyist, R