Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on
A new reality show! "Reef Wars!"
Seriously though, didn't mean to hijack the thread into the cosmic debate. I have recently come in to the hobby and have fallen in love with it. Reef keeping is still down the road for me and I would like see them well taken care of!
What are the most common threats to our reef systems?
Not sure if I missed it, but just wanted to add, one of the most detrimental threats to the reef systems is the acidification of the ocean. I forget the number, but a large percentage of the CO˛ released into the enviroment gets absorbed by the ocean. This lowers the pH of the ocean, which interfers with the corals ability to get the calcium and minerals they need from the water.
When scientists talk about reefs only surviving in aquariums, I believe thats the effect they expect to cause it. If we are able to reverse it later to the point where coral could survive in the wild again, then the home aquariums could be a treasure trove of species for re-introduction.