Aquacultured Corals vs. Wild-harvested Corals
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. What are the advantages of aquacultured corals over their wild-harvested counterparts?
A. Aquacultured corals are advantageous for several reasons, among them:
  1. Aquacultured corals are usually more colorful and more resistant to disease.

  2. Since aquacultured corals are propagated and raised in an artificial environment, they tend to adjust to the home aquarium more rapidly.

  3. While aquacultured corals are smaller than wild-harvested corals, they typically grow faster and create a beautiful display in less time.

Successfully managing our marine resources is key to the long-term success of the aquarium hobby. And aquacultured aquaria are an integral part of the equation. Due to recent advancements in marine culture, it's now possible to successfully propagate and grow many species of corals in large numbers. Aquaculture facilities, in their efforts to propagate these species, have provided hobbyists with invaluable information on the captive care of these corals. We feel that their efforts must be supported.

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