Algae-grazing fish help preserve corals

We’ve all seen how algae can choke off corals in our home aquariums and the same holds true in the wild. But algae-grazing fish in the wild are doing their parts to keep algae levels low on natural reefs to…

Algae linked to chemical warfare vs. coral reefs

The growing list of things damaging coral reefs just got longer as a new study in Fiji has found some seaweeds actually produce chemicals that cause coral bleaching and suppresses photosynthesis. This could lead to more discoveries of similar seaweed…

Researchers ponder making coral reef resilient

Global warming, ships and boats coming aground, careless divers and natural diseases are threatening coral reefs globally at an alarming rate and the fragile reefs off the coast of Florida are no difference. In a recent article in the Miami…

Maintaining fish biomass at certain levels can save a reef

Maintaining fish stocking levels and overall biomass around coral reefs can play a vital role in their survival and prevent their eventual collapse. According to a new study overfishing and the loss of the overall reef biomass can generate a…

Excessive iron leads to dying “Black Reefs,” why iron control is essential to home aquaria

The negative effects of iron in a reef ecosystem can easily be seen in the haunting image of a once pristine reef ecosystem turned into a dark mat of algae and microbes choking the colorful and diverse life off the reef. In…

Coral Arks creates electrified framework to help rebuild coral reefs, faster

There is no doubt the growing coral reef destruction is causing a ripple effect with beach erosion on top of the loss of habitat and biodiversity of our oceans. We’ve seen some pretty interesting artificial coral reefs but Coral Arks…

Massive coral reef, twice the size of Manila, destroyed in Philippines by poachers

A tragic crime that is being described as “the rape of the ocean” took place in the Philippines where poachers decimated an entire reef area almost twice the size of Manila harvesting over 21,000 pieces of black coral and killing 161 endangered sea turtles and…

Should natural ecosystems like coral reefs have legal rights?

After reading a recent article about a law set to pass in Bolivia granting legal rights and recognition to natural systems, the main question I asked myself was should natural ecosystems like coral reefs have legal rights? Is this another…

Rising ocean temperatures is making some coral populations move to cooler reefs

In addition to coral bleaching events, increases in ocean temperatures are having another affect on reef building corals, with populations of some species migrating away from the equator. A new study found corals around Japan shifting north to waters thought…

Natural reef bommies are the ultimate aquascaping inspiration

Some of our favorite dives are shallow sandy areas with isolated patches of corals, nicknamed bommies. These natural settings are perfect inspirations for a reef tank aquascape. We found this lovely youtube video depicting some nice bommies, and wanted to…