Restoring the reef, the importance of aquaculture

The Great Barrier Reef is often described as the largest living thing and largest living organism in the world. The reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

Coral magazine had a great article in the dec 2012 issue about the great barrier reef and the environmental impacts that have lead to it loosing half of it’s coral cover in the last 27 years.

A new study by Australian scientist reports that 42% of the reef loss was from Crown of Thorns starfish, 48% was storm damage and drainage, and 10% was bleaching.

-Ocean warming and climate change causes both Storm damage and bleaching.

-Fertilizer run-off causes plankton blooms, which promotes outbreaks of the coral killing Crown of Thorn starfish.

After these huge disturbances it takes the reef roughly 10-20 years to recover, but the intervals between the disturbances are too short for full recovery, which is causing the long-term loss.

According to Dr Peter Doherty of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) “We are putting five times more sediment, up to eight times more nitrogen and six times more phosphorous into the reef than we should be. Turning that around is a very large task.”

It’s important to remember why we are all in this hobby. We love the ocean, and all it’s beauty. We must do everything we can to save it, protect it, and help it regenerate quickly. This is why  it is important that we all grow and buy aquacultured corals, and fish.

Here at Doc Aquarium we’ve been growing corals in aquariums and our greenhouse for 15 years.  We provide our clients with zero impact corals and encourage everyone to do the same.

 

 

Doc Aquarium free diving in the Malibu Lumber Yard Tanks.

Check out our youtube video: Doc Aquarium free diving in the Malibu Lumber Yard Tanks

Here’s Doc Aquarium servicing one of the tanks at the Malibu Lumber Yard. This tank is 1600 gallons and we’ve been maintaining it for 3 years. Each tank has a different theme.

The tanks were built and installed by the guys at ATM, better know as Tanked, in 2009. We were contracted 3 months after the install to take over the aquarium maintenance due to heavy algae growth and and poor fish health! Doc Aquarium has been successfully maintaining the aquarium ever since. Come check out these amazing aquariums in Malibu!

We’ve been servicing, installing, and building tanks in LA and Ventura counties for 16 years!

We have a greenhouse (under all natural light) in our malibu location where we’ve been growing aquacultured corals for over 5 years!

If you’re local come check us out!! Or check us out online at www.docaquarium.com

 

Doc Aquarium Servicing SoCal

Here at Doc Aquarium we’ve been hard at work servicing, installing and maintaining tanks all around SoCal. With clients in every part of Los Angeles county and Ventura county, ranging from  Malibu, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas, West Hills, Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Century City, Hidden Hills, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Tarzana, Encino, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Venice & Marina de Rey just to name a few!

We work on tanks ranging from as big as 4000 gallon, 450 gallon reef tanks, to your awesome 20 gallon nano cube!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No job is too big or small for us! We’ll leave your tank looking beautiful and clean!

We bring any supplies needed including chemicals, carbon, ferric, fish food etc.

We can get any fish or coral desired!

Contact us for a free estimate and consult today!