|CAPNELLA SOFT CORAL
This fast growing soft coral is very easy to propagate. We use plastic tanks that are only four inches deep that have a layer of small sea shells on the bittom. The Capnella is cut into small pieces and and spread out on the bottom of the tank. It takes only two days for the corals to attach to the shells. We then glue the shells with the corals attached to reef plugs.
Our cutting tanks are four feet long and they are divided into three sections. We use 40 watt lights above these tanks. We use Aquarium Systems Mini-Jet power heads and one air release in each chamber. We now use these chambers to propagate other fragile soft corals.
|These are some of the brood stock Capnella corals growing in our 120 reef. When you use these corals in a show tank it is best if you group them. The main rule of aquascaping is the same as the rule for landscaping. GROUP YOUR CORALS AND GROUP YOUR GROUPS. |
Four large corals are glued to this socket rock and it easy to remove the rock with all of the Capnella attached. We hold the rock upside down and the corals can be clipped into the cutting trays. We turn off the power head and remove the air release when we cut the corals so the cuttings have a chance to settle. DO NOT FORGET TO TURN THEM BACK ON!
The fine branches of this coral is not quite like any other in the nonconnected genetic bank. This coral is a very good seller because it does not look like other soft corals. This is one of the only soft corals that spawns in the aquarium. The young corals attach to the live rock and they grow very fast.
This is a very hardy coral and it has done well in many systems. We have had great success shipping this coral. We hang the reef plug upside down in a styrofoam ring and so far we have not lost one. We are certain this coral will be one of the best soft corals to propagate for profit. It has all of the best traits. It is easy to propagate, easy to ship, fast growing, and many people do not have it in their reefs yet.
|We are now looking for some other strains of this coral. If you have any types we do not, we will trade them for rare sps corals or some fancy Xenias. We are trading for rare corals with growers all over the country. We can send you the boxes, heat packs and bags if you have some corals we do not have. |
GARF has been donating captive grown corals to Public Aquariums. These Aquariums are preparing to put up displays using only captive corals and aquaculred live rock.
|These corals are good ones to attach to AragocreteTM live rocks because they grow so fast. We are making some rocks with several colors of small Zoanthids and two or three of these corals. One of the carals is growing in the middle of a patch of Zoanthids and they both are doing fine. We have learned that many of the soft corals are not stung on the stalk because it tends to get harder than the polyps. Are favorite combination is a soft coral such a Sarcophyton and green stars.
Experiment with this coral and then e-mail us so we can share more data on the Capnella coral. We have included instructions in this issue on making Plexiglass aquariums. You can use these plans to make your own cutting trays. We use shells, but aragonite gravel will work very well.
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