| This picture shows the same colony that we looked at in the previous image. The heads have grown to almost twice the previous size in less than eight weeks, and you can see where we have removed one of the heads from the stalk. The Sarcophyton crown that we removed was used as a donor of symbiotic algae and bacteria. This well-established captive raised strain of Sarcophyton provided us with symbionts that we used in our symbiont recombination research.
When we prepare a bowl of Sarcophyton and soft coral cuttings we first cut up a well-established coral from our brood stock tanks. The head of the coral in this image was cut up into small fragments in a bowl of reef water. Several other types of Sarcophytons and Lobophytums were then cut up and soaked in the bowl of water that contained the captive raised symbionts. We are certain that this method of propagation speeds up the domestication of New ornamental corals.
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