Coral Husbandry and Long-Term Coral Survival in the Coral Reef Exhibit at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville, Australia

Anthony, Shelley L., and Thomas, Séverine (2008) Coral Husbandry and Long-Term Coral Survival in the Coral Reef Exhibit at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville, Australia. Report. Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem, Netherlands.

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Reef HQ Aquarium, previously called the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, houses the world's largest living coral reef aquarium system, called the Coral Reef Exhibit (CRE). Evolving coral collection and husbandry techniques, combined with improvements in water quality and filtration systems over more than two decades of operation, have led to much longer survival rates for both soft and hard corals. However, coral disease in the form of tissue sloughing is still a significant source of mortality, especially for Acroporids. True in-situ spawning was first observed in 2002, and continues to occur yearly at the same time as nearby natural reefs, although at this time very little settlement has resulted. This chapter presents long-term observations of coral husbandry and survival in the CRE, reviews improvements seen in CRE ecosystem health over the years, and discusses these improvements in relation to the major operational changes and shifts in water quality described in Chapter 26.

Item ID: 19418
Item Type: Report (Report)
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Chapter within "Advances in Coral Husbandry in Public Aquariums" (ISBN: 978-90-813805-1-5), which is volume 2 of the "Public Aquarium Husbandry Series".

Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 00:43
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070499 Fisheries Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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