basic knowledge and the right materials can
make new corals for themselves by fragging
existing corals, or one can buy them from
one of the several businesses specializing in
aquacultured specimens. Many clubs also
have frag-swaps and auctions where they’re
traded or offered to the highest bidder.
There were certainly plenty of types of
coral available a decade ago, but the big
difference here is that fragging/aquaculture
reduces our hobby’s impact on reefs. That’s
a big deal in these times, as many reefs
around the world are being put under
tremendous pressure not from collection,
but from pollution, eutrophication, ocean
acidification, and bleaching due to global
warming. It’s an understatement to say
that the reefs are in serious trouble, and
I for one would like the day to come (as
soon as possible) when everything in our
tanks is raised via aquaculture, either
in commercial facilities or in hobbyist
systems. This would have been nothing
more than wishful thinking just a few
years ago, but now it’s on the verge of
coming true as far as corals go. We’ve got
to protect what we love, and this is a good
way to do it.
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Anyway, that’s it for the big stuff. If you
haven’t been in the hobby long, hopefully
you can see how much luckier you are than
the folks who started long ago. I hope that
10 years from now, for whatever reasons,
we’ll feel that things have progressed as far
again, or more.
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