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By admin - Posted Jan 14, 2002 07:00 PM
Below is a listing of all of our articles about corals (husbandry, selection, habitats, etc) sorted by date with the newest at the top of the list.
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Aquarium Corals: Applying PAM fluorometry for the advancement of coral aquaculture

By Zack Zartler on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

(Alaska Pacific University) While the aquaculture of corals has greatly improved with recent technological advances in water parameter regulation, flow control, and lighting, a lag persists in physiological examination of the health of coral specimens. A cost-friendly, pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorometer (Junior- or JR-PAM) was used to examine photosynthetic activity of corals within recommended aqua-culturing temperature ranges. A total of 24 coral fragments were used, representing four species: Acropora sp., Montipora digitata, Pavona decussatus, and Seriatopora hystrix. Exposure to typical, aqua-culturing temperature treatments (22, 24, 26, and 28°C) for three week periods revealed significant restrictions of photosynthesis at lower- and higher-end temperatures. Both maximum quantum yield (FV/FM) and maximum, relative electron transport rate (rETR) were significantly different across the four-interval temperature range. The efficacy of the JR-PAM for in situ coral research was also examined, and usefulness for determining coral productivity was assessed.

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Aquarium Corals: A Look at the Sun Corals

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

There are numerous species of azooxanthellate stony corals out there, but more than likely the only ones you'll ever come across in the hobby are known as the sun corals, some of which are called orange cup corals. This umbrella of a common name is used for several species of the genera Tubstraea and Dendrophyllia, and these are the subject from here on out.

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Aquarium Corals: Zooplankton Feeding by Corals Underestimated

By Tim Wijgerde on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

New research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that extracoelenteric feeding on zooplankton can far exceed internal feeding in terms of prey captured and nutrients acquired. The take home message from this research is that corals are voracious predators, perfectly adapted to capturing unsuspecting prey from the water column with their cnidocyte-bearing tentacles.

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Feature Article: Inside A Coral Lab

By Tim Wijgerde on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Corals keep mystifying and challenging us, whether we are aquarists, divers or scientists. Our understanding of corals and their symbiotic organisms has been a long road, and knowledge of their biology is ever increasing. Even today, marine biologists are working hard to unravel the complex physiology of these amazing animals. The question however is: how do they do that?

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Trip to an Indonesian Coral and Clam Farm

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Sep 07, 2011 at 08:00 AM

A few years ago when I was working on my book about giant clams, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the CV Dinar coral and giant clam aquaculture facility in Indonesia. I'm sure a lot of hobbyists have heard of the "farms" in the Pacific, but I figured I'd give you something of a virtual tour of the place and show you a bit about how things are done there. It was quite interesting to say the least.

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Book Review: Breeding Berghia Nudibranches - The Best Kept Secret by Dene Banger

By Shane Graber on Jun 01, 2011 at 10:00 AM

'Breeding Berghia Nudibranches' is a new book by Dene Banger that explains how to set up and maintain a system for breeding Aiptasia devouring Berghia nudibranchs, sell them for fun and profit, and scale the system based on demand.

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Feature Aquarium: The Aquarium of Craig Bagby

By Craig Bagby on May 25, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Craig shares his 335 gallon reef system with us this month. His 247 gallon peninsula-style main display - with elegantly minimalistic aquascaping - and frag tank are home to an impressive assortment of vibrant corals and fishes

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Aquarium Corals: A First Report: Early Summer Daytime Spawning of Porites lutea in Hawai'i

By Dana Riddle on May 18, 2011 at 08:00 AM

To our knowledge, this is the first report of P. lutea's daytime spawning as early as July in Hawaiian waters. The take home message is clear - not all corals spawn at night or do our observations of P. lutea's spawning behaviors correspond to any particular lunar phase. In fact, our observations suggest spawnings are random during periods of warmer water.

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Feature Article: Getting Really Up to Date on Zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium spp.)

By Dana Riddle on Apr 03, 2011 at 08:15 PM

Why should anyone be interested in a rather obscure subject such as this? After all, we know that coral animals (hosts) and zooxanthellae (symbionts) generally have a mutually beneficial relationship. New information may make us re-think the symbiosis between Symbiodinium and coral animals.

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Aquarium Corals: Collection and Aquarium Husbandry of Northeast Pacific Non-Photosynthetic Cnidaria

By Kenneth Wingerter on Jan 14, 2011 at 07:00 PM

It is hoped that this article not only serves as a useful guideline for locating, harvesting, and maintaining specimens for the home aquarium, but furthermore adequately promotes the return of these beautiful creatures to their rightful place of eminence in the marine aquarium hobby.

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: New Sea Lion Pup: It’s a girl!

By Russ Kikel on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has succeeded in breeding a sea lion pup for the second year in a row!

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: Coral Farming 102

By Russ Kikel on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Russ goes behind the scene at Todd Melman’s coral farming facility, Coral Reef Systems.

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: Troubled Waters with Bob Snowden of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

By Russ Kikel on Nov 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

AmericanReef.com talks with Bob Snowden about Troubled Waters, a Caribbean exhibit at the PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh.

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: Coral Farming 101

By Russ Kikel on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

AmericanReef.com talks with Todd Melman about coral farming.

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Video: Bubbletip Anemones Eating

June 06, 2009 — Bubble Tip Anemones eating. This is the right half of a 210 gallon AGA Aquarium.

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Aquarium Invertebrates: Entacmaea quadricolor: The Bubble-Tip Anemone

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

After being in the marine aquarium hobby and trade for almost 20 years, and diving many times around Indonesia, I've had a lot of experience with this particular anemone.

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Video: Wired Science 7: Creating a Coral Reef

October 16, 2008 — Wired Science gets the scoop on how the elaborate coral exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences was created, and how the museum introduced the coral into it's new environment.

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Media Review: The Complete Illustrated Breeder’s Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes by Matthew L. Wittenrich

By Shane Graber on May 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Should someone interested in breeding marine ornamental fish read this book? Read the review to find out.

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Aquarium Corals: The Bubble Corals: Species of the Genera Plerogyra and Physogyra

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Never forget, regardless of how difficult it may be, it's better to be patient and thoroughly check out a potential purchase, rather than acting hastily and having something die in your aquarium.

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Feature Aquarium: EcoReef One: A New Kind of Nano Reef

By Jake Adams on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

The description of this tanks sounds like a list of things not to do when setting up a reef tank: it has no live rock, no live sand, minimal filtration, no additives, the water is never tested, 100% water changes and yet this 5 gallon glass box is one of the most attractive, successful and least demanding reef tanks that I have ever set up.

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