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09-12-2011, 10:21 AM
This forum is dedicated to the discussion of azooxanthellate coral.

Azooxanthellate coral (sometimes called aposymbiotic coral) are corals that do not contain mutualistic zooxanthellae.

Zooxanthellae are unicellular dinoflagellate marine algae that are endosymbionts with many corals providing carbohydrates for the host coral via photosynthesis. Azooxanthellate coral, however, must rely on predation to obtain energy for respiration. Therefore, they are also referred to as non-photosynthetic (NPS) coral.

In marine aquaria, azooxanthellate coral can be exciting and challenging. As their captive care and husbandry increases, so does the opportunity to obtain knowledge about these unique creatures and pursue their captive propagation.

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