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Destination Reefs: Fiji

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 08, 2012 05:00 AM
Destination Reefs Video Series is back, and this Sunday we visit a location every reefkeeper is familiar with: Fiji! Many of our livestock - both fish and corals - come from Fiji. These videos of lush tropical gardens show why Fiji is such a popular collection site for the aquarium trade.
Destination Reefs: Fiji

Video of Qamea Island, Fiji by Khaled Sultani

Fiji is in the South Pacific east of Australia.  Located just outside the Coral Triangle, Fiji's reefs teem with life;  Fiji's biodiversity and density rivals any coral reef in the world. It's little wonder that these reefs are popular collection sites for the aquarium trade.

I apologize for the non-HD videos this week, but I think you'll still find the footage quite amazing.  What stands out to me is the sheer number of azooxanthellate (non-photosynthetic) corals sharing prime shallow water real estate with SPS corals.  Fiji is often referred to as the Soft Coral Capital of the World ... a well earned distinction!

The Destination Reefs video series showcases the diversity of coral reefs around the world.  Through these high quality videos, Advanced Aquarist hopes we can all gain a greater appreciation of reef life beyond our glass boxes.  Our world is truly a wondrous place!

Here's a bonus snorkeling video by Tui Tai Expeditions, further testifying to Fiji's amazing reef life.

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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