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Soft coral domination

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 27, 2012 08:00 AM
Let's see if we can reignite a soft coral trend. Here is a large 240 gallon reef aquarium with soft coral colonies big enough to fill the entire length and height of the tank. The oldest soft coral in the tank, a toadstool (Sarcophyton sp.), has a captive pedigree 30 years old!

This tank really brings us back to the formative years of our hobby.  Reefkeeper Aaron Ro says most of the colonies are between 8-10 years old, with many propagated clones made throughout the years; The oldest toadstool has a lineage going back thirty years (early 1980s)!  A Mystery Wrasse, Japanese Masked Angel pair, Banggai Cardinal, Marine Betta, and Yellowtail Damsel are the only fish to roam this lush soft coral garden.

Maybe it's about time to make the old new again.  Soft coral comeback, anyone?

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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