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.
take up less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known
three main types of coral reefs are fringing, barrier, and atoll.
reefs help to improve the surrounding water quality. They act as a filter that
traps things floating in the water.
have discovered that many parts of a coral reef can be harvested to make
medications to treat cancers and other illnesses.
reefs are one of the most biodiverse marine areas on the planet, housing
hundreds and even thousands of species.
it comes to aquarium coral your tanks water chemistry and lighting is essential
to raise healthy coral specimens.
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”).
- Generally, corals can attribute their brilliant color to the zooxanthellae (tiny algae) living inside their tissues.
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.