MAY 2 GORGONIAN UPDATE
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Trevor's warning about Pallythoa poisoning
Hi! My name is Trevor Caughlin and this is my GARF website.
It gets to the point where all those aquarium devices hooked up to an outlet begin to resemble the inside of a Borg cube from Star Trek.
Then, a year ago, I applied for an internship at GARF. I was filled with joy when I learned I would have the chance to work at Boise's famous aquaculture center, but not even the website could prepare me for my first day at work. Not only had I never seen so many corals, or for that matter so many bright colors, but the aquariums were being maintained without all that fancy equipment.
I would soon learn that GARF creates its little slices of the ocean using principles that even a first year biology student could understand.
Since that first day, I have become focused mostly on coral propagation. I'm constantly researching and experimenting with new ways to keep coral healthy and increase production of frags. Feel free to email me (email@example.com) if you have any ideas or research that you would like to share!
My background lies in marine biology, and before GARF I spent time studying various sea creatures. I have researched the coloration of tidepool sculpin (Oligocottus) on the Oregon coast, seen coral regeneration in Hawaii and explored the sea life of the California coast.
My most recent project was with the Earthwatch Institute, on Andros, Island in the Bahamas, where I studied microbial symbionts in sponge species, looking to find novel chemicals that may someday help to cure diseases.
Next year, I will be attending the New College of Florida in Sarasota, where I will continue pursuing my love of marine biology.
GARF has taught me a lot about coral, and I can't wait to begin sharing that information with all of you out on the internet through this webpage!
Gorgonians are one exception to this rule. Found exclusively in the Atlantic ocean, Gorgonians are a beautiful, and wildly different addition to the Cnidarian order.
In the wild, gorgonians always face the current. This probably allows them to better feed on plankton and other particulate matter. In the aquarium, it is best to recreate this by standing them upright, placing them in relatively strong current and feeding them plankton substitutions, such as brine shrimp.
I will be posting more information on the care of gorgonians, and on the particular plankton mixture that GARF uses to feed our plankton-loving animals.
In the meantime, GARF has excellent gorgonian plugs for sale. Each plug has several different kinds of gorgonian, and can be included in our soft coral set (14 colorful soft corals for $100, which is a half-price sale!)
Until they run out, we'll have a new type of gorgonian-one that GARF hasn't ever had enough of to sell before- available. This new gorgonian is bright orange with large, reddish-orange polyps. Leroy says it's the most beautiful gorgonian he has ever seen!
GREAT PICTURES OF GORGONIANS
We use natural algae control methods for all systems.
Not only are they effective they are beautiful!!!
The majority of our on-going research is dedicated to live rock farming.
Currently we are propagating marine life for both ornamental and medical
research. Please visit the other pages and find out how you can join our
research team using your home aquarium. We will continue to provide the
most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
1726 Merrill St.
Boise Idaho 83705
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CALL TODAY AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH ANY AMOUNT OF SNAILS AND HERMITS
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