Coral aquaculture

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The Museum Aquarium was the first in the world to keep and reproduce corals in captivity. An expertise which enables us today to equip all the tanks comprising the tropical zone with living corals.

To avoid overharvesting in the natural habitat and raise the public’s awareness of the incredible biodiversity of coral reefs, the Museum decided in 1989 to embark on the cultivation of coral. The adventure began with an expedition to Djibouti. Several species of hard corals, collected from the Red Sea, were carefully transported to the Museum to begin a reproduction programme, using cuttings propagation techniques.

This method consists in taking small fragments of coral colonies, then sticking them to a small support or suspending them from nylon wires. The fragments are then positioned in tanks providing the biological conditions required by these creatures: perfect water quality, a light intensity and spectrum close to those of sunlight as well as stable physical and chemical parameters.

This unique experiment has since born fruit. The specimens implanted at the time have multiplied, enabling us to reproduce in our aquariums living and colourful coral ecosystems.
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  • Merci Merci de sauver les coraux !
    Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 17:40
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