Coral color for aquarium specimens

BobFenner at BobFenner at
Fri Sep 8 10:54:27 EDT 2000

In a message dated 9/8/00 4:59:41 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
S96007966 at writes:

<< Subj:     Coral color for aquarium specimens
 Date:  9/8/00 4:59:41 AM Pacific Daylight Time
 From:  S96007966 at (Ron Devine Vave)
 To:    bobfenner at

 Hello Bob!

 I am a Postgraduate student in Marine science at the University of 
 the South Pacific, in Fiji; wanting to undertake a Masters (MSc) by 
 research next year (2001) and look into the colour and growth 
 forms of corals for the aquarium and curio (ornamental) trade.

 Could you help me with the research methodology for this; maybe 
 in the form of:

 [a] what factors to look at?
 [b] past research work in the same field?
 [c] people(s) who I could contact
 [d] how can color be maintained for aquarium corals?

 Thanking you in advance.

 Best regards from Fiji,

 Ron Devine Vave, Marine Studies Program, University of the South Pacific, 
Suva, Fiji Islands.
<Will endeavor to help you in what ways I can... Don't know much or 
references to send you to re the above though.
a) By "factors" do you mean for identification to species? I would chat with 
Ed Lovell in Fiji re this matter, perhaps Doug Fenner, J.E.N. Veron in 
Australia re. Will cc some of these folks.
b) Don't know of any research done on the topic (retention of color of 
captive scleractinia, alcyonacea... But very worthwhile topic... as this is 
likely (other than gross mortality/survivability, THE major factor in rates 
of extraction/use of wild stocks. A computer search of BIOSIS should yield 
what can be had in the way of a bibliography, leads to who has done what in 
the field.
c) There are many "hobby" and business culturists that you might avail 
yourself of, for some basic husbandry notes... Dick Perrin of Tropicoricum, 
Noel Curry... But much of what they know they'll consider proprietary. Will 
send your msg. to Walt Smith (yes, principally of Fiji) for further input.
d) Continuous high PAR lighting, adequate biomineral and alkalinity, infused 
carbon dioxide helps, as well as a myriad of "improved water quality" factors 
like circulation, protein skimming... and often addition of iodine 
supplements, some feeding (species specific)... Without the lighting, or a 
failure in "water quality" corals will lose (sometimes permanently) their 
coloration, greatly lessening their market value.
Bob Fenner>

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