This image shows one of the ways you can use to force the plate forming Montipora to grow faster. We cut the original colony into small pie shaped pieces. These fragments are glued so they are standing up instead of being parallel to the bottom of the reef. When the fragment is mounted this way it often produces many small plates that all grow rapidy.
We have been able to increase the production of our colonies with this simple change. Many times corals can be coaxed to grow faster by mounting the cuttings in different ways. We are researching this and the rapid growth that corals have when they are cut to the proper size. The proper size is called the escape size.
This Montipora shows the bottom of the original fragment. It is very interesting to see how many plates have been formed on the other side of the coral.