Captive Coral Spawning: The Next Great Hurdle

By Josh Saul 10 years ago2 Comments

Branching Tubastrea spawning event

While feeding the suncorals in my frag tank tonight, I noticed tiny eggs near the surface. The dark green branching suncoral was spawning.

Corals spawning in captive environments is nothing new, but it’s still a rare event to be marveled at and studied.  In order to make the next great leap in coral husbandry, we have to be able to have corals reproduce within our tanks sexually.  Before we even get to the difficult tasks like settlement and initial growth forms, we just need to get more corals doin’ it first!  Congrats to Marc Levenson on this amazing spawning event of branching tubastrea.  No matter how many times you see it, this is still such an incredible event to watch.  Way to go Marc!  HERE is a link to the blog post.

  Aquaculture, Conservation, Corals, Science

 Josh Saul

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Josh Saul is a technology consultant for large global banks. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 20 years and has been SCUBA diving for more than 30.


  • It helps to notice this stuff when it happens too! I think many of us opt to sleep right through spawning events, only to find a very dirty skimmer the next morning perhaps. Flashlight duty is usually when you see some of the neatest stuff… don’t miss those opportunities and keep your eyes open. And always have your camera battery charged just in case. 🙂

  • Mr. Microscope says:

    Cool, but holy bubble algae!

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