schools, consisting of many individuals of the same species. In the aquarium, a single Green Chromis, Chromis viridis, can be a rather lonely looking creature, but a group of seven to ten or more starts to become much more natural and fascinating to observe.
Ideal candidate for isolation in a species tank: Leaf Scorpi-onfish (Taenianotus tricanthus), bizarre but all-consuming.
One of the most characteristic features ofthe biota of coral reefs is their remarkable specializations for survival. Because the varied topography offers a variety of possibilities for organisms to exploit, particular microhabi-tats come to be occupied by a particular suite of species. This aspect of reef ecology can be exploited to create a natural reef aquarium. Plan the aquarium to include species that live in the same area of the world and at roughly the same water depth. Choose organisms from a particular habitat zone. Combine species that form symbiotic relationships. Devote a tank to only one or a few species. By attempting to duplicate a specific microhabitat, rather than merely assembling a hodgepodge of unrelated organisms, one can achieve an aquarium that is not only beautiful but also relatively free of commonplace problems. Perhaps you will find inspiration in the chapters that follow as we examine some actual microhabitats and the organisms they contain.
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