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Proof positive SPS corals consume zooplankton [video]

By Shane Graber - Posted Sep 04, 2011 08:00 AM
From Marine scientists currently have reached a general consensus about how corals take up nutrients, which ranges from dissolved nutrients to megazooplankton, and have shown the importance of a variety of nutritive sources for coral growth and survival. A group of scleractinian corals however has remained controversial: the small polyped stony corals, commonly referred to as SPS corals. These animals are often wrongly believed to simply rely on strong lighting and dissolved inorganic nutrients.


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Captive SPS corals survive and thrive in our plankton-poor closed systems.  As such, most hobbyists believe that SPS corals do not feed on zooplankton like their LPS counterparts.  CoralScience shares a video with Advanced Aquarist that completely dispels this misconception.

Visit CoralScience to read the full article and watch two additional videos of Seriatopora caliendrum and Stylophora pistillata capturing and consuming zooplankton.

Stylophora pistillata capturing and ingesting Artemia salina nauplii.

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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