The cover of CORAL Magazine Volume 14, Issue 6 – SYMBIOSIS – November/December 2017
CORAL Magazine’s much-anticipated November/December 2017 issue, SYMBIOSIS, is printed and will soon be delivered to subscribers, local aquarium shops, and select bookstores. On sale November 7th, 2017, at the best marine aquarium retail stores and leading Barnes & Noble stores everywhere.
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HEREWITH, a sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue will bring.
Daniel Knop introduces the new issue, highlighting our coverage of heavy metals in the reef aquarium.
CORAL editor & publisher James Lawrence looks forward to a bit of “good news” piece to end a year that included many events a lot of us wish to leave behind. Get an exclusive first look at a story from the Pratt Institute’s Randy Donowitz, who writes, “When I say Aiptasia, you say pest. At Pratt, we say pet instead.” Get the full story online now, a prelude to our January/February 2018 issue.
The latest installment of our Reef News column covers wide-ranging topics, including the effect of warming oceans on clownfish fertility, a surprising change in polar reef life in response to minor temperature shifts, Sea & Reef Aquaculture’s newest introduction (the Black Storm Clownfish), and Hawaii’s court-mandated closure of the aquarium fishery.
Readers of the 2017 MACNA Program Guide Book were treated to an insider’s look at the “Ludicrous Chalice” collected and brought into aquaculture this year by Bali Aquarium, which serves as a fitting opening to this issue’s CORAL VISIONS column. Turn the pages of your new issue to catch a glimpse of some of the hottest corals on the market right now, and see even more that didn’t make the final cut in our online bonus for the issue.
Drs. Jack Randall and Arik Diamant examine the need for reef conservation through an exclusive-to-CORAL adapted version of their recent paper, “Examples of symbiosis in tropical marine fishes.” You can get a taste of what awaits in our pages when you view the online references for the article.
“One of my favorite words is ‘symposium’—a Latin word that comes from the ancient Greek term symposion, a time to drink together. The word itself conjures memories of far-flung scientific gatherings, late nights, and the worldwide aquarium community at its best. It also brings to mind the word ‘symbiosis,’ meaning different beings or organisms ‘together-living.'” Drink in some of Bob Fenner’s “Model species pairings for your marine biotope” in the new issue.
“Whether we call them Spirobranchus, Christmas Tree Worms, or Bisma Worms, these beautiful polychaetes and their host corals are a husbandry challenge.” Rise to the challenge with help from Than Thein’s “Bisma Worms: A Keeper’s Guide.”
Dr. Ron Shimek’s look at the life and times of the Bisma Worm is not to be missed. But pay heed to his warning: “The purchase of a ‘Christmas Tree Worm Rock’…conveys a responsibility to provide for both the worms and the coral…which have very different appetites and husbandry requirements.” Learn more in his article “BNFFF: (Best Non-Fish Friends Forever).”
Dr. Dieter Brockmann introduces our coverage of heavy metals in the reef aquarium: “…About 60 elements are heavy metals…all of these are found in seawater, usually as positively charged ions, which is very important in terms of their biological function as trace elements and/or their toxic effects.”
“Heavy metals,” writes Dr. Dieter Brockmann. “For many reef aquarists, this term can trigger a panic attack, conjuring up visions of sick or dying corals and delicate invertebrate life. But heavy metals are omnipresent on coral reefs, and many of them have vital biological functions as trace elements.”
For this issue’s Aquarium Portrait, we revisit the home of Lisa and Sebastian Blume, first featured in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of CORAL, who have upgraded to a 555-gallon reef aquarium.
For the new reef keeper, there’s nothing quite like learning from the pros. In this installment of Reefkeeping 101, Daniel Knop demonstrates fragging stony corals and mounting them with reef cement.
At first sight, this dragonet, with its greenish or reddish-brown patterns, is not a showstopper—but a closer look reveals that it is an attractive fish. Learn all about the beloved Scooter Blenny, Neosynchiropus ocellatus, in our Species Spotlight by Daniel Knop.
Daniel Knop’s ongoing series on Aquarium Photography continues with a look at the pros and cons of using automatic exposure.
In the wake of bleaching events, Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) expand their appetites to corals they normally pass over. Coral Reef CPR teams up with recreational divers to see whether they can have an impact on COTS populations. Find out if the strategy was successful in the story from Dr. Andrew Bruckner & Georgia Coward.
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