TheDragonLord TheDragonLord
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  • Posted on: 30/1/2006 19:12
Proprogating corals #1
ok a little bit of info,

coral reefs are one of the worlds most amazing and diverse ecosystems, unfortunately more than two thirds of the worlds reefs will be exhausted of corals within the next two generations if we continue to harvest them as we do at the moment.

So, what can we do?.. ...quite a lot actually!... ...we are the one's being sold these corals which are being removed from the reefs!If we stop buying so many wild corals and start farming the one's we already have then we can indeed make a huge difference.

Trading in these propagated corals also ensures that the corals themselves become stronger... ...over time corals become more acclimated to the aquarium making them more robust and easier to maintain than the original wild colonies... ...over time this means these corals will ship better too.

Captive coral propagation is the only sustainable future for reef keeping as a hobby!

Whatever coral you are after, it is likely to already be in another reefers tank, so why not buy/trade corals with other reefers?... ...coral propagation is not hard to do... ...anyone can do it and if we are to see future generations enjoying these corals as we do, then we must start farming them now!



So are any of you people starting reefs going to start proprogating your corals when they start growing nicely so you can trade them for other species or sell them for a decent price (unlike the LFS prices)

here is a link to ultimate reefs on proprogating one of the easier and more common corals (the leather toadstool)
i'll try to get permission to copy some pictorial guides from people i "know" who have done them

http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=36924
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burkey burkey
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  • Posted on: 2/2/2006 16:40
Re: Proprogating corals #2
I accidentally fraged a leather toadstoal; by mistake as when i lifted the rock i "thought" it was attached to i found out it was attached to another rock as well and it split right down the middle.

it was fine though so now i have 2 toadfstools
Aussie Aussie
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Re: Proprogating corals #3
Hey Dragon,

I hear ya, I am currently living in France but wil be moving back to Australia in a few years and hoping to start a coral farm. I have the cash ready and waiting and doing some reserch but stuck on what sort of licence I need to do this on a grand scale.

Any ideas?
EagleC EagleC
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Re: Proprogating corals #4
This thread may be 3 years old but the message is still very valid.

I'm going to suggest to all reefers visiting the forums if you go to the lfs looking for corals ask them which ones are farmed. Better still, save some cash and post a wanted add on the forums.
TheDragonLord TheDragonLord
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Re: Proprogating corals #5
simple way is to look at the bases, milliput/concrete bases are normally frags/frags grown on, ones growning on normal rock are reef ripped, but should still be checked, even better would be to swap/purchase from local marine keepers who frag their own stock as they are used to aquariums and more hardy, plus cheaper and better value

aussie, i've no idea tbh as everything is weird down their so i'm not sure, but i do know they are spawning tuna down there so contact the australian environment agency for advice
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