ReefNation Reef Farm Open For Business
After years of finding and growing the most rare corals we could find, ReefNation is happy to open our Reef Farm online store. In our store, you will find over 158 species of coral with the rare growth and color variations you have been looking for as well as some of the classics. The difference is that these corals are ALL sustainably grown in our reef farm. For years, many of them have been perfecting their growth in captivity under the supervision of our trained eye. Come have a look!
Why Are ReefNation’s Corals Different?
Unlike many other online coral stores, our corals are not frags of colonies that were ripped out of the ocean. Each has been fragged from a mother colony that we keep and culture under the watchful eye of our aquafarmers. Aqua farmers you might ask, what the heck is that? Currently ReefNation’s team of Aqua farmers have combined over 40 years of coral growing experience. We do everything we can to make our mother colonies happy and exhibit their best growth and coloration. We also “tweak” these coral traits to best suit the home reef environment that both ReefNation and its customers will be growing them in. Whether that means getting them accustomed to growing under the latest LED lights or feeding on freeze dried plankton, most of our corals have had years and many generations to hone their ability to grow well in these conditions.
Why Buy Sustainably Grown Corals?
There are many classifications for corals these days that speak to their origins. We see Maricultured, Sustainably Collected, and Aquacultured as terms that are used to describe the origins of many of the sustainable corals we see in the market. To breakdown their definitions, we look at them in the following way.
Maricultured: These are corals that are generally fragged from mother colonies on the reef and then grown to a sale size in shallow waters generally closer to shore.
Pros: These corals are grown in a sustainable fashion and are increasingly produced by indigenous people near the reefs. This fosters a sense of importance for the reef environments they live near and demonstrates why and how they can should protect these fragile ecosystems.
Cons: While these corals are sustainably grown, they are susceptible to a number of reef pests that are usually kept under control by predators out on the reef. Nasties like Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) and Montipora Nudibranchs ( Monti Nudis) abound in shallow nearshore mariculture farms where the complete reef ecosystem of wrasses and crabs has not yet been established. Our guess is that as time goes on for these facilities will gain a complete ecosystems that will include predators for these little pests. If you are purchasing these types of corals, we STRONGLY recommend that you chop them off the bases they are attached to, re-glue them, and put them in a quarantine QT tank like the one we outline here for a good 4-6 weeks or more for observation. Taking the corals off their plugs and snipping them above the tissue line will help eliminate the eggs that pests usually lay in this area.
Sustainably Collected: Sustainably collected corals generally mean frags that are taken from wild reefs in a controlled manor and from a specific geographic area.
Pros: These corals are harvested in a sustainable fashion as long as all the rules and regulations are followed.
Cons: While these corals are sustainable, they are coming off a live reef and thus are used to living there, and not necessarily in the conditions in our reef tanks. They also have traveled thousands of miles to our local fish stores which can cause a good amount of stress and loss of coloration. Make sure these corals are also taken off their plugs and re glued to new ones to avoid the eggs of coral pests as well. Putting them into a quarantine system like we run is also highly recommended for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Aquacultured Corals: By definition, these are the types of corals we work with here at ReefNation most of the time as far as what is sold to the public. These are corals that in our case, may have come to us in any of these 3 fashions, but are now being grown into a mother colony and frags for some amount of generations.
Pros: These corals have the benefit of growing up from their initial colony and subsequent frags 100% in a captive environment. They are used to synthetic salts, artificial lighting, and we think they are even a bit more forgiving towards the occasional “OOPS” of water parameters that is bound to happen someday. Both their growth and coloration is generally far and above that of any other type of collection.
Cons: The only drawbacks on this method are that there is generally a limited supply of these corals and in the past at least, the varieties were slim and very costly. Often times in the past, there were waiting lists for some of the craziest varieties that would sometimes extend for years into the future!
Sustainable By Nature
We hope you enjoy the ever expanding list of corals in our Reef Farm! There will be more corals updated daily as we add to the catalog of diversity that we already offer. There are always new colors and growth habits being discovered by hobbyists out there and it is our goal to get our hands on them so that we can bring them to you in a sustainable and affordable fashion.
Let us know if there are any corals you are looking for that you don’t see on our site!