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.
The overall goal was to show the potential for captive aquaculture.
Feature Article: Coral Reproduction, Part Two: Asexual Reproductive Modes of Captive Corals and Anemones
As we shall see, almost every detail of the captive breeding system must be deliberately engineered to consistently and reliably obtain the desired results.
Feature Article: Coral Reproduction, Part One: A Natural Coral Spawning in Hawai'i, The Cauliflower Coral (Pocillopora meandrina)
Witnessing a coral spawning, especially in the daytime, is an unusual and memorable event. We have much to learn about coral reproduction.
Dana's limited experiences suggest you and your aquarium will make it through just fine.
Jake continues his West Atlantic Stony Coral series with Meandrinids, Mussids, Oculiniids, Caryophillidae, Hydrocorals, and others.
Media Review : Coral ID: "An Electronic Key to the Zooxanthellate Scleractinian Corals of the World" and "Corals of the World"
Dana reviews John Veron's books and CD.
This month Greg shares the evolution of his 130 gallon reef aquarium with us.
This coral will grow very quickly when conditions are correct. Specimens can double in size in just a few months.
Departments of Chemistry and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
Jake continues his series on Atlantic stony corals.