|This image shows another territorial dispute starting, and you can see that at first contact the green Montipora has lost some tissue. The interesting thing is that again the corals seem to become accustomed to each other and the tissue loss stopped.
Because they became accustomed to each other does not mean that they did not continue to fight for territory. No other coral group allows us to witness, without much damage to the corals, this silent war that goes on in the ocean all the time. When two Acropora come close to touching, one always loses. Other forms of Montiporas such as Montipora digitata are much more aggressive, and they often resort to chemical warfare and fighting tentacles.
This image of the green Montiporas shows one of the ways that we form a multi layered plating coral colony. When we are mounting these types of Montiporas, and we have a choice between one large cutting and a group of several small cuttings, we always choose to cut the corals into smaller fragments. The smaller fragments are then mounted close together on the same rock. Each fragment starts to form its own plate as soon as is firmly attached to the substrate. The small fragments grow toward each other until they blend together at the base.
The small green fragments have started to fuse together and you will see in the next two pictures how they form a beautiful colony. This picture and the next two pictures were each taken approximately five weeks apart.
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We are having a special on all of the coral cuttings. WHEN YOU PURCHASE 5 AT THE REGULAR PRICE OF $100 WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO FREE CORALS!. We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
Sometimes I forget how fun it can be to watch the Reef Janitorstm as they go about their duties. It is important to have the mixture of crabs and snails custom picked for your reef aquarium. Both Leonel and Brian are experts in algae control. You can be sure that they will choose the right mixture from GARF's extensive collection of algae eaters.
The GARF staff knows that each aquarium is different and they will ask about the size, lighting, and age of your reef. Summer is the most important time to add extra janitorstm because there is more light and the reef will be a bit warmer. When you order any Reef Janitor pactm you can pick a free coral or two pounds of GARF's FAMOUS GRUNGE LIVE SAND ACTIVATOR Reef Janitors tm or call toll free 800-600-6163.
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|Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.|