THESE TYPE OF SOFT CORALS GROW VERY FAST
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What kind of magic potions could we use to make corals grow faster? If there were just something that we could add to the water to really make our coral cuttings grow faster, we could make a lot more money growing corals for sale from small cuttings.
Well, you could raise your temperature a little to speed up metabolism and get faster growth, but only to a reasonable point. About 80-85 degrees seems to be the limit depending on the type of coral.
Trace elements help, but only to a certain point also, then they cause toxicity problems and excessive algal growth. Reef Janitors can help with the algae part though.
Circulation is very helpful to some corals, but only if you don't blow them right over. Lighting? Maybe more lighting?
As I sat thinking of ways to speed up the growth of corals and mushroom anemone cuttings I realized that my optimistic plans for doubling the number of cuttings I can grow each month by re-dividing them on a pre-set schedule usually doesn't work as planned or hoped for. In other words, the coral cuttings don't cooperate as well as I want them to all the time.
I dream up optimistic multiplying schedules which sound great, but the corals sometimes grow fast and sometimes they slow down. I found that the best you can do is optimize everything you can and then be patient. Sometimes A coral cutting doubles in a month and the next time I divide it, it takes two or three months to double. Don't count your chicks before they hatch and don't spend your money before your coral cuttings double.
Take for example a leather mushroom coral (sarcophyton). Initially I can cut an inch wide ring off the outer disk and then cut it into a bunch of one inch squares. I can attach these by sewing, super gluing with Super Reef GelTM or letting them sit in a coarse gravel bed to attach to small pea sized chips or chunks of rock. Then I glue these attached pebbles to a chosen rock to attach the coral.
But some times the new cuttings skin over and go into an unusually prolonged dormancy cycle. For this reason I learned to not use phosphate remover ever just before or after making sarcophyton cuttings. Phosphate remover can especially cause havoc when leather corals (and some others) are trying to attach to new rock. The process just slows down.
If you take too much phosphate out of the water to combat hair algae and cyanobacteria, you not only slow down the growth of hair algae but the growth of everything. Constant overuse of phosphate remover will help me get a beautifully clean tank that is slow growing with dead sarcophyton corals after a while. So, too much phosphate slows down coral skeletal formation and too little phosphate starves corals. Should we dose phosphate?
Wow, I can almost hear a commotion out there already.
If we could dose just small but healthy doses of phosphate into a phosphate deficient system then maybe we could control it and get good results. Did I hear someone say: "Oh no, not another piece of equipment?".
No, it's not another piece of equipment. How about just an additive instead? I think I heard another groan: "Not another additive, I use 15 of them already!". Well, just try using some simpler additives that have most everything combined already. Then you'll have room for a couple of goodies like Magic Reef DustTM and Coral VitalTM. I have seen and heard of Coral Vital helping in many instances as a supplement.
It is from GARF and is simple and natural, and it really works. It is a special soft crumbly grade of Idaho aragonite rock - FROM A FOSSIL CORALLINE REEF IN IDAHO -ground up into a fine powder.
THIS REEF AQUARIUM HAS BEEN TREATED WITH MAGIC
REEF DUST ONCE A WEEK FOR 18 MONTHS
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She adds a capful of SeaChem's Reef Plus every
other day and gives it the Magic Reef DustTM treatment weekly. |
After dosing with Magic Reef DustTM, the reef aquarium looks quite cloudy and mucky for hours. When it clears after 6-12 hours, the aquarium water is unusually clear and the corals all perk up. I'm sure it has a similar effect to adding SeaChem's Reef Builder to the tank, but this seems to do even more.
Besides adding calcium carbonate, it adds lots of trace elements including phosphate which no one would dream of adding to a reef aquarium, right? Once diluted in a whole aquarium full of water, the actual dose is quite small and controlled though. The reason I really think that the phosphate it provides is helpful to many corals is as follows.
Many people have had a chance to try the Magic Reef DustTM treatment now and it is giving good results and appears to be a fantastic new aquaculture growth booster. You try it and see what you think. Imagine that, a super new product that Ăs practically as dumb as dirt! Some of the best things in aquaculture are quite simple.
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