Soft corals can also build calcium carbonate skeletons, and compete with Hard corals.
Another saltwater captive-breeding first is claimed by world-renowned aquaculture powerhouse, Bali Aquairch and Wen-Ping Su.
On a recent trip to North Sulawesi, in Indonesia, immediately to the south of the Philippines, right in the heart of the coral triangle, we discovered two insane, unique, brightly colored colonies, growing almost right on top of each other, and color-perfect candidates for reef tanks.
It’s a beautiful sight; a Torch Coral garden, but it’s under stress. I encountered a mild bleaching event while visiting some island offshore reefs in Tomini Bay, the equatorial gulf which separates the Minahassa (North Sulawesi) and East Peninsulas of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The Togian Islands lie near its center. To the east, the Gulf opens onto the Molucca Sea. It’s one of the most diverse coral zones in the world.
Once faced with the threat of extinction, this popular and threatened aquarium fish is nowadays quite protected in Indonesia, and appears to be thriving, as Vincent Chalias reports from a recent stopover in the Banggai archipelago.