Getting GSP (Green Star Polyps) to grow on glass/perspex

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  1. birkettN

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    Hey guys,

    I recently got myself a nice rock covered in GSP and was wondering if anyone has had any luck with it growing on glass? I heard its quite common for it to happen.

    I've placed the rock right up against my perspex overflow wall hoping it will grow and cover it.

    Any other advise ?
     
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  3. viper357

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    I did this successfully in one of my old tanks a few years ago. I just laid the rock against the glass, making sure some of the gsp's were actually squashed against the glass.

    Here's a pic of the rock when first put into place

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    And quite a while later (14 months), please excuse the hair algae, I had big issues with this tank, lol :blush:, you can see the growth (top right hand corner) doing quite well on the back glass and on the overflow. It takes a while, you just gotta put the rock there and forget about it.

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    Nice! Ye your polyps look nice and long there too
     
  5. Dexter

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    Ive seen people grow it against glass by just sticking a piece of GSP with superglue to the glass. Put some light on it, and let it take over....lol
     
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    You should also be able to peel some of the GSP off the rock and stick it to the glass, if you want to make sure they grow there faster.

    I peeled all my GSP off the rock I got it on and stuck it to one of my own rocks with coral / superglue. Within a few weeks it attached itself properly to the rock when it started spreading.

    I used a sharp blade to cut the underlying matt into small pieces (about 20mm x 20mm), making sure to miss any polyps. I then used the blade to lift it away from the rock from the edge and then slowly peeled it away. I preferred smaller pieces as it was easier to peel away, and then to space apart on the new rock. The pieces quickly grow towards each other again. The piece you peel off will also not reattach where you peeled it away, only the new growth on the edges will attach by itself.

    Start taking little bits off the rock. It will then regrow on the rock and grow on the glass. If your glass is covered with coralline, giving it some texture, the GSP should grow easier. I also read that it's better to put it low on the glass, as it will tend to spread upwards towards the light. Remember it requires good water flow.
     
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    birkettN Thread Starter Nathan

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    Thanks for the tips guys, it is in a pretty high flow area.

    Here is a pic as it stands at the moment

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    Hmm... IMO GSP is in the same category as aiptasier and zenia. Pests to avoid.
     
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    I wouldnt mind it covering my back glass... I like the movement of it
     
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    Just a note this stuff grows like weeds, I had to keep pruning it in my tank. It's also one of the most aggressive stingers in your tank when it grows it covers everything even Zoa's have no chance with it.
     
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    That tank looked great.. I agree that it took over a bit too much of your LR.. but its beats GHA any day!!!!
     
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    Since you guys say it grows like weeds... anyone got some weeds you dont need???:whistling:
     
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    GHA isn't going to go away, fix that problem first then look at adding GSP
     
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    Its not a problem that I have at the moment... Was just saying if you had to compare the way GHA and GSP "takes over"... then GSP is far better than having GHA take over.
     
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    :) I don't know hey, GHA is controllable and you don't necessarily lose coral with GSP that stuff actively grows to cover and own as much space as it can.
     
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    True... I guesss it all depends on how you handle these kinds of invasions...

    If you neglect it, either one can take over and kill corals and ruin your piece of the ocean.
     
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    One day the GSP will be growing everywhere and you will sit back and wonder how did you ever battle
     
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    I am surprised that it is not on the new invasive species list. :whistling:
     
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    :eek: All those corals look extremely huge... lol what did you do to them?
    They look genetically modified... :lol:
     
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    Lol... Dose steroids :m123:
     
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