Coral (EcoCoral)

The Coral Farm feasibility study (in Dutch ‘Koralen in de Kas’) carried out by EcoDeco showed that it is possible to culture corals for commercial purposes sustainably by using the DyMiCo water purification system.

The feasibility study was financed between 2009 and 2012 by the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) programme of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The study was successfully completed by the end of 2012.

Take a look at EcoDeco's Coral Farm in Utrecht, the Netherlands (film to the right).

EcoDeco's Coral Farm was the first commercial coral hatchery in the Netherlands. The project was carried out in collaboration with Wageningen University, Coral Publications and Blue Linked. At the core of the system was the DyMiCo water purification system, installed and maintained by EcoDeco.

The starting point of the cultured corals in the Coral Farm were clipped coral fragments. These fragments originated from other cultured corals, in stead of being collected from the wild. In this way, natural coral reefs were spared. This is important since reefs world-wide are under great pressure. Climate change, pollution and overfishing are examples of threats to the survival of coral reefs.

The Coral Farm consisted of two tanks, each 11 metres in length and with a volume of 12,000 litres of sea water. The total output of the farm was about 3,000 marketable coral colonies per year, comprising 40 different coral species. A result that proves the feasibility of the commercial hatchery of corals in the Netherlands by using the DyMiCo water purification system.

Thanks to the use of special plasma lamps (Gavita Holland, film to the right), the coral colonies in EcoDeco's Coral Farm show a daily growth rate of at least 1%.

The results of a study on the effect of different light spectra on coral growth are published in Advanced Aquarist (Febuary 2013).