|This image of the two warring Montiporas was taken late tonight. I talked Sally Jo into going down to laboratory with me. We turned on the lights on so I could get a picture of this coral. We only turned on one half of the lights so we did not stress the Clown fish in this tank too much.
You can see that several plates of the green Montipora have been harvested, and that the pink edge Montipora is starting to grow rapidly. Much of my research during the next two semesters will be concentrated on discovering the growth strategies that cause competing corals to grow very rapidly.
Habitat and environment are two of the most important contributing factors to coral growth. Competing corals are definitely part of the habitat and the environment on the wild reef. I am certain that corals have developed growth strategies that allow them to grow rapidly when they are threatened by competing coral colonies.
One of the tools that helps me tremendously in my research is the data base of almost two hundred thousand digital pictures that Sally Jo and I have been able to collect and index during the last six years.
I am extremely interested in receiving e-mail pictures of the corals in your tank. I learn many things by looking at other people's reef tanks. I hope that you are able to take some pictures of your tank and share them with the staff here at Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation.
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We are having a special on all of the coral cuttings. WHEN YOU PURCHASE 5 AT THE REGULAR PRICE OF $100 WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO FREE CORALS!. We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
Sometimes I forget how fun it can be to watch the Reef Janitorstm as they go about their duties. It is important to have the mixture of crabs and snails custom picked for your reef aquarium. Both Leonel and Brian are experts in algae control. You can be sure that they will choose the right mixture from GARF's extensive collection of algae eaters.
The GARF staff knows that each aquarium is different and they will ask about the size, lighting, and age of your reef. Summer is the most important time to add extra janitorstm because there is more light and the reef will be a bit warmer. When you order any Reef Janitor pactm you can pick a free coral or two pounds of GARF's FAMOUS GRUNGE LIVE SAND ACTIVATOR Reef Janitors tm or call toll free 800-600-6163.
Use this site to solve your reef aquarium algae problems, and help support our research!!!
|Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.|