Posts Tagged propagation-reef

Soft Coral Fast Recovery

My soft coral reef (I love the way soft corals sway in the current and the subdued pastel colours mix together) is growing very well. As Peter has taken on a rather sad aquarium that he has in the process of recovery (see ‘An Aquarium System in Trouble – A Slow Recovery’), I decided to cut some corals and pass the cuttings on.

Now cutting a coral is a worrying thing for most aquarists including me. There they are on the reef healthy and expanded. Then along comes John with a very sharp pair of scissors! First of all what to cut? Decided. Where to cut – what impact on the reef appearance? OK. What about the health of the coral, is the cutting method correct? OK. Hesitation, do I really want to do this? Yes, go ahead. Corals cut, cuttings shrink to a hard small lump that looks as though it will never live again. The coral from where the cutting was taken closes and looks thoroughly miserable.

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Coral Propagation

Any aquarist worth there ‘salt’ has a desire to see the reefs in nature continue to thrive. Fortunately a lot of the illegal harvesting has ceased and the natural reefs are starting to become more understood and admired.

Unfortunately however, mankind is making it hard for these reefs to survive and many are in decline. This makes me very sad and I am sure a lot of others as well. As saltwater aquarists we all have a passion and love for these beautiful animals even if we stop keeping an aquarium for a while that passion does not dwindle.

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