The picture below shows one of the best growing Green Tree shaped corals that we have. We have made many cuttings from this coral using the netting method.
We are growing this coral in many systems so we can develop a "cookbook" method that anyone can follow. There are several ways to attach these coral, but the way we show here is very easy.
WE USE NETTING TO ATTACH THE CUTTINGS TO THE REEF PLUGS
THE MATERIALS YOU NEED ARE:
We cut the netting into 1/4" strips about 2 inches long
Notice how the netting is placed so each end of the cutting is sticking out
This is the other type of green coral that we need for our genetic research. If you have any of these corals it is very safe to make cuttings. We allow the mother colony to grow until all of the polyps are opening each day. After the coral is growing we take one cutting and we often place the finished cutting close to the mother colony so there is very little stress from water or lighting changes.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF A CORAL AFTER WE HAVE CUT ONE OF THE BRANCHES OFF.
We have not hurt any coral by taking a cutting if the coral was healthy and growing before we cut it. This is a great, safe project and we hope you make some cuttings soon!
REMEMBER - SAFE A REEF - GROW YOUR OWN
AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.