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  • Zeo tanks going to be THAT much more important?

    I feel very strongly that it is up to the hobby to help locate, identify, preserve, and captive propagate reef animals. Zeovit tanks seem to be on another level, very much because of the level of advanced dedication requisite for the method.

    Yes, reefkeepers make mistakes. Tragedy struck Greg's tank, which had been truly a site to behold. But he got and shared corals with others that live on (and hopefully make it back to you to grow as frags again someday Greg - and of course the next system will be even better at growing corals).

    The hobby CAN help the wild reefs. I urge you to please reconsider purchasing large angels (and other target species) from Indo-PI that are frequently cyanide caught. Consider a hybrid option on your next car, or biodiesel (even better). And of course, share corals. This is today's news-

    Half of Coral Reefs Could Be Destroyed (Tue Oct 25,10:10 AM ET)

    Nearly half of the world's coral reefs may be lost in the next 40 years unless urgent measures are taken to protect them against the threat of climate change, according to a new report released Tuesday by the World Conservation Union.

    The Swiss-based organization called for the establishment of additional marine protected areas to prevent further degradation by making corals more robust and helping them resist bleaching.

    "Twenty percent of the earth's coral reefs, arguably the richest of all marine ecosystems, have been effectively destroyed today," said Carl Gustaf Lundin, head of the agency's marine environment program who helped write the report "Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching."

    "Another 30 percent will become seriously depleted if no action is taken within the next 20-40 years, with climate change being a major factor for their loss," he said in a statement.

    Coral bleaching is caused by increased surface temperatures in the high seas and higher levels of sunlight caused by climate change. As temperatures rise, the algae on which corals depend for food and color die out, causing the coral to whiten, or "bleach."

    Prolonged bleaching conditions over ten weeks can eventually lead to the death of the coral.

    "Current predictions are that massive coral bleaching will become a regular event over the next 50 years," Lundin said.

    In its report, the organization said that marine parks reduce the stress on coral reef ecosystems by reducing the impact of pollution and overfishing.

    The report also recommends a strategy for the establishment of a global marine park network in the face of climate change, covering all important marine ecosystems including coral reefs.

    Other key strategies to enable coral reefs to be more resilient to bleaching are sustainable fisheries management and integrated coastal management, the report found.

    "Destructive fishing practices such as blast or poison fishing can make coral reef more vulnerable to bleaching," said The Nature Conservancy's Rod Salm in a statement. "It can decrease coral cover or deplete fish populations that are important for the coral reef ecosystem."


    On the Net: The World Conservation Union:
    Last edited by Bad Motor Finger; 10-25-2005, 05:20 PM.

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    PS - I'm new to the site, not doing zeo yet (but completely convinced from working with Greg to build, and know from making mistakes with reef animals, but helping preserve others, that this hobby can be a very good thing for wild reef education and interest. I'm still an amateur in many ways, but thought this topic worthy of conversation amongst advanced reefkeepers such as yourselves. Not sure if it belongs in this particular forum.


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      This is what I call a catch-22.

      I think that if all captive corals where in a Government funded lab we would be way behind the learning curve. Hobbyist have learned a lot of what we now know and hopefully what's been learned will help with the bigger issue of the degrading habitat.

      I'm hoping I'm part of the solution and not part of the problem.

      PS... I'm moving this to the Lounge. The ZEOlounge is not all useless posting.

      “People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.”
      ...Charles F. Kettering


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        Lol - thanks for moving this to the right location - it felt weird posting it in the first place.

        This site is a more advanced and specific forum than other general reefkeeping sites, and the discussion should be on zeo in the main area, obviously.

        I tried to edit the post because it didn't read well, but my hour had expired.

        My hope is the hobby advances the scientific understanding of habitats and reefkeepers, especially cutting edge and highly technical ones like those using Zeo will preserve species that are in great danger of becoming permanently lost to warming or crowns-of-thorns plagues.

        Or non-native, invasive species.

        Or breaking wild corals into dry powder for cement.

        Ad infinitum.

        Grow and share corals as though wild reefs depended on it - because they literally might. Reefkeeping generally, and Zeovit specifically could prove vitally helpful to preserving coral species from extinction. Maybe it's not a system, maybe it's a mission!