156 Natural Reef Aquariums

Thalassia CommunitySaltwater Aquarium Sea GrassThalassia Testudinum

Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum)

Fern Caulerpa (Caulerpa mexicana)

Green Grape Caulerpa (C. racemosa)

Saltwater Aquarium Sea GrassSaltwater Aquarium Sea GrassInfo Dari Sargassum

Common Caulerpa (C. proliféra)

Sawblade Caulerpa CC. serrulata)

Sargassum (.Sargassum sp.)

blage of fishes. This feature makes some patch reefs quite popular with divers.

Seaward of the lagoon area lies the reef itself, which may be subdivided into four major life zones: the rear zone, the reef crest, the mixed zone, and the fore reef. Each zone has its own characteristics and its own community of species.

The rear zone, like the lagoon lying shoreward of it, is protected by the reef from the pounding of the open sea. Here are found many species of shallow-water corals, soft corals, calcareous algae, and herbivorous mollusks. Sea mats may be locally abundant in the rear zone, so much so that reef ecologists sometimes designate a "zoanthid zone" to emphasize this fact.

The reef crest, scoured by breaking surf, may be devoid of all life apart from algal mats, or may be dominated by branching staghorn and elkhorn corals (Acropora spp.) that require turbulence, sediment-free water, bright light, and abundant oxygen.

Seaward of the reef crest, as the reef begins to slope outward and downward to the abyss of the open ocean, one finds the richest diversity of species. In these areas (mixed zone and fore-reef zone), water depth plays a major role in determining what types of invertebrates may be found. Ecologists often further subdivide these zones to reflect the special nature of the communities of organisms that develop at a particular depth or over a particular substrate.

It is readily apparent that a variety of specialized mi-crohabitats occurs both on and around the Keys coral reefs. Each microhabitat contains characteristic species, and these constitute the community to select from for an aquarium. Not all species from any given zone will necessarily be suited to aquarium life, of course, and knowing how to choose the

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appropriate species from among what is available is an important skill that the marine aquarist develops with study and experience.

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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