Far from being devoid of life, the skeleton of a coral harbors a wide array of algae, endolithic fungi, heterotrophic bacteria, and other boring eukaryotes, often forming distinct bands of color visible to the bare eye. Some functions of these endolithic microorganisms are critical in coral health, such as nutrient cycling and metabolite transfer, but they are poorly known, particularly by aquarists.
Check out the exceptional coral morphs and cultivars that did not make it into CORAL Magazine’s last CORAL Visions column for 2017!
A small polyp stony coral (SPS) dominated aquarium is one of the most attention-grabbing reef biotopes. Luckily, it is possible to replicate the appearance of a traditional SPS reef with selections of much hardier SPS corals. Here is a list of some hardy SPS corals.
Herbivores, the frontline warriors in the never-ending battle between aquarists and algae, headline the July/August 2015 issue of CORAL Magazine, with additional features on fragging Plate Corals, a no-water-change Dutch Reef Aquarium, and more of our extended Dwarf Angelfish coverage!