Here are some advantages of aquarium grown corals:
- “Offspring” corals are already adapted to aquarium conditions and have a much greater tolerance to fluctuations than imported corals.
- Overall, there are significantly fewer losses than with corals taken from nature.
When we take the coral from nature, we know nothing about the light and current conditions under which the coral has grown. The coral only tells us some time later, e.g. through growth or fading, whether we hit the right spot when it is placed in our aquarium. In aquarium-grown corals we know the light and current conditions, as well as the water parameters.
- No nature extractions are necessary.
Farmed corals in tropical countries can have the advantage of generating a source of income for the local population. This is a sustainable use of coral reefs. On the other hand, lower energy consumption (no artificial lighting) in these countries is offset by the very energy-intensive transport by air.
- We have a permanent selection of over 80 coral species.
We have maintained this species stock for many years, some of them for more than 15 years. Our species are extensively documented in terms of growth form, coloration, polyp appearance and ecology under different environmental conditions. Of some species, many hundreds of offshoots have already been sold, which may have grown into large mother colonies in the new tanks and from there have found further distribution in marine aquaristics.
We also fragment the block corals and LPS!
- Many LPS species, especially the massively growing corals (Favia, Favites, Goniopora, Alveopora, Blastomussa, Acanthastrea, brain corals, etc.) or sub-massively growing corals (e.g. Euphyllia ancora) are hardly fragmented inland.
The reason is that this is much more complex than with SPS corals or “head-shaped” growing LPS corals (Caulastrea, Euphyllia divisa,…) and can also lead to failures. In addition, these species grow much more slowly than Montipora, Acropora, Seriatopora, and co.
Thus these corals in the aquarium trade still originate largely from nature withdrawals.
One can often guess how these were separated with a chisel from a large mother coral.
- Since this is more expensive and because the fragments grow more slowly, we have to set a slightly higher price here than for other species. But here, too, we are dealing with real “offspring” corals, grown under 100% renewable energies. Also with regard to their durability, these aquarium-grown corals are not comparable with the constant “passage” of imported corals originating from nature, with often high mortalities.
- Of course, all mother colonies also originate from nature abstractions.
Our premise for fragmentation is that the mass of the mother coral after fragmentation must not fall below the initial weight with which we obtained the species. The mass thus increases to a certain point (space availability). This is also documented. Only the “surplus” grown in the aquarium is sold. Thus it is guaranteed that it concerns genuine “Nachzucht” corals. Thus we have already been able to transfer a multiple of the initial mass of all our mother colonies to offspring.
We also try to maintain at least two colonies of each species – in order to preserve the species in case a coral should die.