CORAL New Issue “SPAWNING NIGHTS” Inside Look
23 Jan, 2021
Cover of CORAL Magazine Volume 18, Issue 1 – SPAWNING NIGHTS – January/February 2021.
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HEREWITH, a sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue will bring. Table of Contents for the January/February 2021 issue of CORAL Magazine. You can view this TOC online. “This issue should probably come with a warning label: CAUTION—Contents may trigger obsessive, addictive, and budget-stretching behaviors. “Who among us has not thrilled at the discovery of reproductive behaviors in our aquariums—perhaps tiny livebearer fry spotted in a childhood 10-gallon tank, or a clutch of clownfish eggs magically appearing one morning in a community reef system? Now, as this issue’s cover stories show, we are on the threshold of a new level of captive breeding: the sexual reproduction of stony corals in home reef aquariums,” writes Editor in Chief and Publisher James Lawrence, introducing our newest issue of CORAL Magazine. Reef News presents findings and happenings of note in the marine world. In this issue: Stray Light Impacts Natural Coral Spawning Cycles, Vaccine Vexation II: The Shark Chronicles, and Octogenarian Snapper Takes World Record for Oldest Tropical Reef Fish. REEF VISIONS: A portfolio of extraordinary reef life spotted in the current aquarium trade. Michael Vargas teams up with Aquatic Realm International to showcase this amazing Indonesian Interstellar Discosoma. Spawning Nights: Dr. Jamie Craggs reflects on a decade of planned ex-situ Acropora breeding at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and also now in a home system with his wife and children involved! Richard Ross showcases that coral sex in the aquarium is a field Ripe for Innovation. Learn what’s going on at the Albright Coral Spawning Lab, and in his Secret Home Lab, and how the scientific teams coped with breeding corals during a pandemic! You too can breed corals at home! Keri O’Neil, marine biologist and senior coral scientist at The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation, shares insights on the breeding of Caribbean corals that many aquarists would consider to be LPS-types. Will you soon be breeding your Dragon Soul Favias or Splatterpaint Fungias? This article from the Coral Whisperer could help! Surrounded by tulip fields, the flourishing Dutch reef aquarium of veteran aquarist and tugboat pilot Ab Ras is this issue’s Aquarium Portrait. Scott Michael helps the Whitebarred or Mystery Wrasse ( Pseudocheilinus ocellatus) steal our Species Spotlight in this issue. Included is a bonus sidebar highlighting other relatives in the genus Pseudocheilinus. Creating Gyres in a Box, by Daniel Knop, is the fourth installment in our ongoing primer on water flow in the marine aquarium, as featured in the Reefkeeping 101 section of CORAL Magazine. James W. Fatherree, author of Giant Clams in the Reef Aquarium, brings his Tridacnid expertise to bear on the first imports of Tridacna squamosina into the US aquarium trade by ACI Aquaculture (with additional photographs from ACI’s Amanda Meckley). We close our first issue for 2021 with Daniel Knop’s Letter from Europe. Knop reminds us to watch out for the endangered Napolean Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, within the aquarium trade. Capable of reaching 7.5 feet (230 cm) in length, it has no business in any home aquarium.
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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.