If you’ve ever wondered how a coral works, how it really works in terms that are analogous to a machine, it all boils down to respiration and photosynthesis. Both R & P can be evaluated by measuring oxygen levels, but when dealing with the small amounts that corals produce, and the variability in lighting, flow rate, surface area and zooxanthellae density of corals, trying to figure out what corals are really doing is quite the challenge. To this end, Tim Wijgerde of CoralScience has written an article which is a fascinating read for learning more about how corals work, and what kind of tools and metrics are used to make understand the “Holobiont” that is a photosynthetic coral colony.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.