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Old 05-31-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Frag experiment

Just about all the frags I see are always mounted right side up. I decided to try something a little different and fragged a small piece of one of my acros. Instead of doing the upright mounting, I decided to lay it flat and glued it to the rock.
I have some interesting growth going on here now. This may end up being one huge colony. It has about 10 new "bodies" growing out from it now. You can see the piece in the middle it started out as...about a 1" frag.

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Old 05-31-2008, 08:38 PM   #2
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When Calfo was at TFP, he talked about faster/better growth when gluing them leaving the cut area exposed. That looks really awesome. What is the time frame?
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Very nice Larry. Great growth there.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:40 PM   #4
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Thats prett cool. Maybe its better that way because it gets more light across the entire frag instead of mainly on top???
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Fluff - I saw Calfo's talk about it too. That's where I got the idea This is about 6 months after I broke off the frag. It's on a flat piece of lr rubble about 4" x 4". It spread the base first and all the new verticle growth happened in the last month or so. The tallest growth is about 1" high.
NCPARS fall frag swap is Nov. 1 near Allentown. Calfo is tentatively set as the guest speaker.

ryshark - I don't know the technical, biological aspect of it, but basically the coral can sense it's not right side up. In nature, when a storm hits a reef and corals break off, they fall flat usually, not standing up. They then spread out a base for stability for the new colony to grow on.
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That is pretty neat that they can do that. Does anybody know how long coral lives considering it always has perfect water parameters and everything it needs? Is it like a tree and lives practically forever, or more like anything else with a lifespan?
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That's pretty awesome for only six months time. I'll be looking forward to the next update.
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I have done it both ways and my results are mixed. I actually prefer the old method.

That is some great growth though.

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That's pretty cool. It would be interesting to try that with other frags too and see how well it works.
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Here we are about 2 months later.

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