The leading aquariums in the country have been using artificial coral in their exhibits for years. From the National Aquarium in Baltimore to smaller facilities around the nation, the benefits of artificial stone are exponential. Corals play a crucial role in the oceans ecosystem and its beauty has caused its harvesting worldwide. If every aquarium in the world were to harvest coral for their exhibits, it would have devastating consequences for the earth. Aquariums are becoming leaders in conservation and can lead by example when choosing an eco-friendly alternative to harvesting from tropical sites. Having artificial coral in an exhibit has the added bonus of keeping water quality an easier task to maintain.