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10 Coral Reef Facts You Might Not Know

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At Austin Aqua Farms we love educating the coral enthusiasts about coral and what makes them so unique. We rounded up some coral facts you may or may not know to prove just how interesting these living beings are.

  1. Corals take up less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species.

  2. The three main types of coral reefs are fringing, barrier, and atoll.

  3. Coral reefs help to improve the surrounding water quality. They act as a filter that traps things floating in the water.

  4. Scientists have discovered that many parts of a coral reef can be harvested to make medications to treat cancers and other illnesses.

  5. Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse marine areas on the planet, housing hundreds and even thousands of species.

  6. When it comes to aquarium coral your tanks water chemistry and lighting is essential to raise healthy coral specimens.

  7. Corals need saltwater to survive and require a certain balance in the ratio of salt to water. This is why corals don’t live in areas where rivers drain fresh water into the ocean (“estuaries”).

  8. Generally, corals can attribute their brilliant color to the zooxanthellae (tiny algae) living inside their tissues.
  • The value of coral reefs has been estimated at 30 billion U.S. dollars and perhaps as much as 172 billion U.S. dollars each year, providing food, protection of shorelines, jobs based on tourism, and even medicines.

  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs.

We hope you learned something. And as always, we are happy to help answer any questions you may have about corals, coral reefs, and buying coral online. Contact us today for more information!

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