Training a Kenya Tree coral

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  1. Craigjmiles

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    Hey all

    I wonder if anyone has done this of anyone is able to suggest, but I have quite a medium/large kenya tree coral that I have positioned close to a powerhead in order for it to grow and flow with the direction on the powerhead.

    It is flowing in the direction I want it to but not to the extent I want it to. Is it possible to train a kenya tree at all, kind of like you would with a bonsai tree. I know your'e probably laughing at me now:) but just wondering if it's possible.

    I come from a freshwater aquascaping background, where you could shape and contour plants and wood to create focal points etc.

    If anyone has done this I'd love to hear how.

    Thanks
     
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  3. r0ckf1re

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    I highly doubt it

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    typed a long reply as to why it wouldn't work...but having some serious second thoughts....

    If you could find something that won't corrode under water, then I do t see why it can't be trained like you would with a bonsai and wire. It will most likely attach to whatever you use, meaning it will become part of the coral, but it may actually work. It might sprout new shoots from where it attachs but it might not
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Second thought...you could feed a flexible rod of sorts through the middle of coral...sort of like putting bait on a fish hook...then you can bend the coral in whichever direction you want.
     
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    @459b now we talking! Thats some awesome advice and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it could be possible! I have a few small frags that I may test it on first and see whats possible.

    I'll report back after trying a couple of your ideas. Thanks for your input and advice!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the progress
    I'll give it some more thought and if I find an appropriate 'wire' I'll let you know.im busy looking at my ta and seeing if I have anything that I could try this on
     
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    you could also trim or frag the parts you don't want to grow?
     
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    Post pics of the entire process even if it does not come right. I think this could lead into a new way of aquascaping if it is successful. I could see softie dominated aquascapes become like freshwater scaping with focal points and maybe some very clever ideas. Will follow this without doubt.
     
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    Maybe a Perspex rod that you can heat up and bend like you want and tie it slightly down with some fishing line of something.
     
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    Some softies like sinularia do not like to be tied down with a rubber band. Just check and if you see any tissue breakdown, then rather remove whatever you use.
     
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