CORAL Magazine New Issue “MORAYS!” Inside Look
03 May, 2019
The cover of CORAL Magazine Volume 16, Issue 3 – MORAYS! – May/June 2019. On the cover: Dragon Moray Eel, Enchelycore pardalis, image by Daniel. Knop. Background: JF Wonderland Echinata, Acanthastrea echinata, Christopher Jason Studios/Jason Fox Signature Corals.
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HEREWITH, a sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue will bring.
“Biology tells us to shun any overtones of wickedness attached to predation and to see it as a natural process. We must regard the predator as an important regulator, because predators not only maintain the fitness of a prey species but also affect its behaviors and appearance, including body coloration.” – Words of wisdom from Daniel Knop to keep in mind when an aquarist is confronted by a predatory fish behaving a little too naturally with its tankmates.
CORAL Editor-in-Chief James Lawrence reflects again on a rising tide of coral-breeding news. “As noted in previous issues of this magazine, we may be on the threshold of another leap forward in captive reefkeeping. Aquarium spawning of stony corals is no longer out of reach, as many modern systems have the currents, lighting, environmental controls, and coral foods to mimic the conditions that trigger mass spawnings in nature. Or perhaps we will just start stumbling onto minor miracles and surprising successes.”
In this issue’s Reef News: Bayley Freeman reports that Florida is considering a ban on the sale of reef-harming sunscreen lotions; Jill Rodrigues from Roger Williams University shares promising results from research that could lead to the basis for a reliable cyanide test for the aquarium trade; Daniel Knop illuminates what happens when octopuses are given the illicit party drug ecstasy (MDMA) and explains how Butterflyfishes may be the “Canaries of the Reef.”
Our CORAL VISIONS column returns with a splash this issue, opening with Michael Vargas’ stunning photograph of a Reef Raft Canada Jaw Dropper Acropora at Mythical Corals. Turn the pages to see what other amazing coral selections grace the pages of this issue!
Scott Michael has a case of Moray Madness! He shares everything you need to know about the husbandry of this diverse group of eels.
Once you understand how to keep a moray eel in your aquarium, refer to Scott Michael’s “Stamps of Approval: 20 Moray Eel Species for Beginners to Experts,” to select the ideal eels for your tank!
Dr. Marco Lichtenberger examines the vital role that moray eels play as predators on a coral reef, employing a wide range of behaviors to make a living underwater (and, occasionally, even briefly on land).
If dosing your reef tank is confusing or just never seems to work right, or if you just need a refresher, Felicia McCaulley will be your guide in “Reef Dosing Simplified.”
In our second installment from travel photojournalist Werner Fiedler, you’ll dive the many diverse habitats found in close proximity at Raja Ampat.
Four years ago, we featured the home aquarium of Christian Euler. In our latest AQUARIUM PORTRAIT, we revisit Euler’s reef aquarium following the transfer and upgrade into a larger aquarium in a new home! If you ever think a move or an upgrade is in your future, Euler’s insights might be critical for your own success.
Why do Bubbletip Anemones wander, and what can you do about it? Daniel Knop offers some advice in our REEFKEEPING 101 column.
Not for the uninitiated, the Bimac Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus) is a demanding aquarium species and is recommended for experienced reefkeepers only. If you’re up for the challenge, Daniel Knop’s SPECIES SPOTLIGHT will set you up for the best chance at success.
Check out the very best local fish shops around the country in our Sources directory. If they carry CORAL Magazine in their shops, you know they value the same things that make you a CORAL reader! Bookmark the online list and use it to plan your next fish shop road trip!
CORALexicon – a hidden gem in every issue of CORAL. Sharpen your reefkeeping vocabulary!
CORAL Magazine’s new Reef Expo is a place for readers to find new offerings of products, livestock, supplies, and more as presented by marine specialty companies and breeders.
There’s so much more to SLIME than you’d think; Verena Klein exposes it all in her article “Slime and the vital roles of coral mucus” in ADVANCED AQUATICS.
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About the author
Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.