Encouraging coral growth

Discussion in 'Fragging Corals' started by Dane, 18 Jul 2010.

  1. Dane

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    Hey guys,

    Just read an interesting thread on NR about a dude that agitates his corals to encourage growth. I know that fragging is a good way to get your corals growing, but I thought that was just because its increasing the available space - or margins (in mat forming soft corals).

    But apparently this guy cuts thin slices in the stalk of his zoas and palys, or just cuts it straight in half down the middle of the zoa, like you would with a mushroom. Similar thing with SPS, nippping the tips of acro etc once if its slowing down in terms of growth.

    Just wanted to know if you guys have experienced anything like this? I had a purple and pink zoa that had really shut down in terms of growth, and I just split it into three clusters. But what I'm more interesting is just agitating the coral, wounding it so to speak - apparently the damaged tissue often sprouts some new polyps - sounds like an interesting idea?

    Thanks for your input in advance,
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    Well we do the same with plants cut the dead leafs away same thing I would think? & we hear faster then we grow
     
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    Not really, this is more like walking up to your favourite tree, slashing the bark and the roots, and having new trees grow from there! ;-)
     
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    so will u be trying this out for us Dane?;)
     
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    I did it a few times to my SPS and it seemed to work. Coral seems to be healthy with new multiple growth tips. However, I still appreciate the natural growth (Trying to keep in natural in a glass box.)
    I suppose in nature the same thing happens when something bumps into a coral (fish, rock...), the coral gets fragged and then forms new growth tips.
     
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    thanks for the input Mekaeel!

    I've read about this being used fairly often on SPS, but not on softies - anyone heard of or tried this?
     
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    could u post the link dane, id like to read what he's doing, especially to the zoas. It almost sounds like fragging while its still on a common base so would be intrested to read about it:)
     
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    but yes, basically fragging it while its still on the rock... :p
     
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