It is a Dying Coral
|Living coral reefs cover 360,000 square miles and host 1 of every 4 ocean species known. Along with tropical rain forests, these submarine animal forests are the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
Close to 1000 coral species exist, in distinctive shapes ranging from mushrooms to moose antlers, cabbages, tabletops, wire strands, fluted pillars, and wrinkled brains. These structures are colonies of individual polyps.
Creatures that feed within coral reefs ecosystems include fish and mollusks; reef fish make up 10% of the global fish catch. Coral reefs support the diets of 30-40 million people around the globe. (32)
For unknown causes (possibly involving global warming and pollution), coral reefs are now dying at an accelerating pace: what global effect will this have?
Cyanide fishing from the 1960s to the present: a primary way to stun vast numbers of tropical fish; it also kills coral. The fish are not harvested for food, however. The are captured to be sold live to the aquarium industry, which annually sells 200 million dollars worth of live-caught fish stock worldwide. (34)
---primary source: Douglas H. Chadwick, Coral in Peril. National Geographic 195.1 (Jan. 1999): 30-37. Photograph at left by David Doubilet [detail].
Superior Fiji and Tonga Live Rock
|It's taken us over a year to find live fiji rock to meet our overly high standards. We've finally done it! This is the highest grade of fiji rock available for private and commercial aquariums.|
|Every piece of live rock is cured for over six weeks with salt spray, as opposed to submersed curing. This advanced method of curing eliminates destructive reef nasties such as mantis shrimp and bristle worms, while preserving and actually nurturing clams, sponges, starfish, snails and other reef critters. Cheaper fiji rock is usually dense in weight and contains very little coralline algae. It is usually colorless and very plain in appearance. And with traditional curing procedures, beneficial organisms are flushed while mantis shrimp continue to multiply. Through our experiences here at AquaLink, our staff has seen and used many different types of live rock from many different sources. Unfortunately, we've never seen what we consider to be "supreme" fiji rock. Although there are some very good grades of rock available, we were unable to find a grade that we felt comfortable enough to bring to our members.
Finally, we've found it. We only select the best pieces for sale. Pieces that are left over are sold to other distributors for a lower price, contributing to the difference in quality and price. Therefore, resellers of 'cheaper' rock are likely selling the same rock that we've turned down.
Most of our rock is about 80% or more encrusted with coralline algae. And, when placed in an aquarium with adequate lighting and aquatic conditions, the rock will quickly become 100% encrusted. Due to our curing process, it is unlikely that you will see any mantis shrimp or other harmful critters. However, you may see beneficial specimens such as clams, feather dusters, crabs and sponges.
|also, from a website, January 2000:
Without a doubt I'm addicted to reefkeeping.
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