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Videos of Acropora spawning in captivity

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 23, 2012 08:00 AM
Captive spawning of invertebrates is always an amazing and rewarding sight, and even more so for a coral once considered impossible to keep in captivity just a few decades ago. We share two videos of Acropora spawning in home aquariums.

If you see your Acropora exhibiting these strange behavior, do not panic. They may simply be spawning!  Acropora spawn at night and are queued by seasonal environmental changes - changes that reefkeepers can simulate using moon cycles and seasonal temperature programs.  The first video was likely taken after-hours (evidenced by the nighttime behavior of the Damselfish which makes a cameo); The owner may have turned on his lights to document the incredible mass broadcasting of Acropora eggs.  If you look carefully, you can see polyps releasing eggs into the water.

Interestingly, both videos (from different reefkeepers) come to us from France, a land known for wine. Coincidence?

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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