coral reefs are one of the worlds most amazing and diverse ecosystems, unfortunately more than two thirds of the worlds reefs will be exhausted of corals within the next two generations if we continue to harvest them as we do at the moment.
So, what can we do?.. ...quite a lot actually!... ...we are the one's being sold these corals which are being removed from the reefs!If we stop buying so many wild corals and start farming the one's we already have then we can indeed make a huge difference.
Trading in these propagated corals also ensures that the corals themselves become stronger... ...over time corals become more acclimated to the aquarium making them more robust and easier to maintain than the original wild colonies... ...over time this means these corals will ship better too.
Captive coral propagation is the only sustainable future for reef keeping as a hobby!
Whatever coral you are after, it is likely to already be in another reefers tank, so why not buy/trade corals with other reefers?... ...coral propagation is not hard to do... ...anyone can do it and if we are to see future generations enjoying these corals as we do, then we must start farming them now!
So are any of you people starting reefs going to start proprogating your corals when they start growing nicely so you can trade them for other species or sell them for a decent price (unlike the LFS prices)
here is a link to ultimate reefs on proprogating one of the easier and more common corals (the leather toadstool) i'll try to get permission to copy some pictorial guides from people i "know" who have done them
I hear ya, I am currently living in France but wil be moving back to Australia in a few years and hoping to start a coral farm. I have the cash ready and waiting and doing some reserch but stuck on what sort of licence I need to do this on a grand scale.
simple way is to look at the bases, milliput/concrete bases are normally frags/frags grown on, ones growning on normal rock are reef ripped, but should still be checked, even better would be to swap/purchase from local marine keepers who frag their own stock as they are used to aquariums and more hardy, plus cheaper and better value
aussie, i've no idea tbh as everything is weird down their so i'm not sure, but i do know they are spawning tuna down there so contact the australian environment agency for advice
There are no experts, mearly beginners who know more than others.
Support your LFS, online sites won't stay open 5 mins extra for you