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.
Feature Article: Parasitic Copepods: Enemies of Soft Corals, False Corals, Gorgonians, Anemones, Zoanthids, and Tridacna Clams
This article concludes our brief and incomplete look at copepods capable of potentially harming our captive animals. However, the series will continue with reports of other parasites, including nudibranchs, sea spiders and other 'creepy-crawlies'.
Aquarium Corals: Stony Coral Parasites: Red and Black Bugs: Identification Guide, Preventive Measures, and a Review of Treatment Protocols
This article is but a small tool for use by serious hobbyists in answering many questions.
Dana continues last month's discussion about copepods.
Gary Lindner and Russ Kikel at AmericanReef.com this month bring you another podcast, this one discusses how to naturally control Aiptasia anemones.
There is quite a pool of coral parasite research available, but these research articles are disjointed and scattered among the internet and some obscure journals.
Here, we report the effects observed before and after two monthly water exchanges and discussion the results' implications.
Various videographers document the amazing Great Barrier Reef. For more information about each video, visit the linked YouTube video.
Gary Lindner and Russ Kikel at AmericanReef.com this month bring you another podcast, this one concluding their two part series on sexual and asexual coral reproduction.
We recommend only doing this with specimens known to be in good health, and that they should be kept at approximately room temperature for the duration of travel.
While this discussion is by no means an exhaustive list of worthy species nor a complete guide for aquarium husbandry, it is hoped that the descriptions and images of the creatures herein featured arouse a greater interest in this highly rewarding art.
The reward may well be a heightened appreciation for the diversity and adaptability of the plants and animals we so admire.
Feature Article: How to Make Corals More Colorful Part 3 - New Information: Red Fluorescent Pigments: DsRed-type
In general, the fluorescence of DsRed pigments is not difficult to maintain in captivity. As you're probably aware by now, this subject has my interest and I'll keep researching this subject.
Kenneth and others share their beautiful temperate tanks with our readers.
Feature Article: How to Make Corals More Colorful, Part Two: New Information! Green Fluorescent Pigments, Pigment Clades, and Photoconversion from Green to Orange/Red
This month, we'll look at the most populous coral pigment category: Green Fluorescent Proteins (or GFPs). In addition, we'll examine how light intensity and spectral qualities affect GFPs.
Feature Article: How to Make Corals Colorful, Part One: New Information, With Particular Attention to Blue-Green Fluorescent Pigments
Light intensity and its spectral characteristics play important parts in promotion of coral coloration.
Feature Article: Coral Reproduction, Part Four: Non-Scleractinian Anthozoans Including Soft Corals, Zoanthids, and Anemones
This month, well examine what little we know of the sexual reproductive habits of soft corals, zoanthids, a few anemone species and others.
And for anyone still wondering - the original colony is still alive and doing well now a nearly a decade later in the original tank.
Feature Article: Coral Reproduction, Part Three: Stony Coral Sexuality, Reproduction Modes, Puberty Size, Sex Ratios and Life Spans
Information on the reproductive habits of over 300 stony coral species (in almost 100 genera) is presented. It is the most complete single-source reference currently available.