|This side view of a Sarcophyton shows how the head of the Sarcophyton is attached to the stalk. When we cut this Sarcophyton we will cut it at an angle starting approximately 1 in. below the right hand side of the head. By slanting the scissors we are able to leave a small section of this head attached to the stalk.
This portion of the head will continue to grow. Polyps will form on the cut portion of the stalk. The portion of the cap that we remove will be cut into pie shaped sections that are approximately one-half inch by one inch long. There are three different ways that we can attach these cuttings.
The oldest way that we attach these cuttings to rocks was with rubber bands. The two methods that we use now both start by putting the cuttings in a bed of gravel. The easiest method is to just let the cuttings attach to gravel and then glue the gravel to the reef plugs. We now use small strips of bridal veil netting to attach two or more Sarcophytons to each reef plug.
We do not cover the entire cutting with bridal veil netting. The small strip of bridal veil netting approximately one inch long and one-quarter inch wide is attached on both sides of the cutting with super glue.
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