Vincent Chalias writes for Coral Magazine.
When I started in this industry during the 1990s, we would prophylactically treat every marine fish shipment. The justification was that these treatments helped the animals cope with shipping stress, and helped ward off disease. The thinking was that when fish landed in a completely new world. They were highly stressed, having to adapt to a wide range of new realities including differing water chemistry, lighting regimes, and unfamiliar foods. Their immune system would be impaired, so treating them prophylactically would prevent parasitic disease outbreaks as well as head off secondary bacterial infections.
I can still hear my former boss at that time, explaining to me how they didn’t have to do all these treatments 10 years earlier, and back then they had no problems.
Well, I think the same story is now repeating itself in the coral industry. Animals are going through much more stress than they used to. Even though there has always been a problem with the health of Indonesian Elegance Corals (Catalaphyllia jardinei), those problems were historically restricted to just Elegance Corals.
Image: Sea Dwelling Creatures
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