[Coral-List] tank experiments with corals

Monika Wilhelm monika.wilhelm at uni-rostock.de
Thu Jun 28 09:40:02 EDT 2007

Dear all,

as part of my master thesis on Reunion Island, I want to carry out tank 
experiments with corals under  high temperature and light stress 
Facilities here are rather basic, so I'm seeking your advice on 
maintaining corals for 1-2 month with low budget equipment.
I'm facing the following problems:
There is an opportunity to work with tanks supplied with running 
seawater, but we can't afford the right equipment to heat up the water 
in an open system. We have thought about working in closed systems 
instead, but this doesn't seem trivial either. Another problem is an 
artificial light source, which again needs to be cheap yet spectrally 
close to natural sunlight.
I would welcome any advice from people who have some experience with 
maintaining corals, especially concerning equipments and ways to keep 
costs low.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Kind regards,


Monika Wilhelm
Graduate Biology Student
University of Rostock/ Laboratoire d'Ecologie marine
Germany/ Reunion Island (France)

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