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      Colt coral Genus Cladiella Colt coral is one of my favorite corals. It is fast, easy to grow and pretty hardy. This coral is also a coral that has been in the hobby for a while. All of GARF's colt coral came from a schoolteacher in a nearby town. Every couple of months he would send us several huge pieces of his coral.

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      We have many different stories for origins of coral here at GARF. There is a kind of unique Pavona, the only one of its kind that Leroy has ever seen, that was picked up on the beach growing on a dolphin's jawbone. However, this colt coral story is one of my favorites. It represents the ultimate goals of coral aquaculture: propagation of corals that are twice removed from the wild ocean, and hobbyists who are willing to work together and trade corals.

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      Unfortunately, colt coral has proven to be a fairly difficult corals to propagate. With many soft corals, all you have to do is cut several pieces off, put them over a gravel bed and in no time you'll have many soft corals ready to glue to plugs. Colt coral pieces have a much harder time attaching themselves. They'll drift around in an aquarium and eventually get sucked up by a powerhead and shredded into tiny bits.

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      Other conventional propagation techniques don't work either. Colt coral is too slimy to glue down, and it can't be sewed on to a plug. Even the tried-and-true bridal veil netting method doesn't always work for these corals.

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      However, after several months of research, I have found a pretty foolproof way to grow colt coral.

      Materials:
      Plastic sword
      Plugs with a hole
      SallyJo's Reef Gel

      After the coral has grown pretty big, take a sharp pair of scissors and cut it into many pieces. Each piece should be about the width of a nickel, and an inch high. If you have a colt coral that is thick, be sure that there is a section of the outer skin, which contains polyps, on the piece. Before you cut the colt coral, ready some plugs. At Garf, we make special plugs that have holes drilled in them.

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      Take a plastic sword, and use reef glue to glue the blunt end inside the hole so the sharp end is sticking straight up. I use the swords that are used to spear sandwiches or as toothpicks in restaurants. Other sharp plastic objects could be used, such as toothpicks; however most toothpicks are made of wood and are not suitable.

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      At this point, I must give a huge thanks to my mother. She has driven down to the restaurant supply store and bought these swords for my experiments many times, without asking why I needed hundreds of tiny plastic weapons.

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      I would never have had the time to go down to the supply store myself, so without my mother this new colt coral propagation technique would not exist. Leave the swords and the plugs in a container of water for a couple of hours. This will ensure that the sword is stuck firm.

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      Now, take the pieces of coral and stake them onto the swords. Push each piece all the way down, so it is in contact with the base of the plug. Then, place a dab of glue where the top of the colt coral touches the sword. This glue will harden on the plastic of the sword, and prevent the colt coral from floating up off the sword.

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      Cut the top of the sword off for aesthetic reasons. That's the entire process! The finished colt coral plugs should be initially put in a place of the tank with pretty low current.

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      After a couple of weeks they will be established enough to withstand higher current, although colt corals generally prefer medium light and low current.

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      In a couple of months your colt coral plug will be ready to be cut again, producing more of these beautiful animals!

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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.

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We recieved these nice e-mails about the JanitorsTM and GrungeTM

Delivered-To: algae-garf-LEROY@GARF.ORG
Date: 22 Aug 2000 13:46:02 +0000
From: "Mark DeFrancisco"
To: leroy@garf.org
Subject: THANKS FOR EVERYTHING

Hello Leroy,
I just had to write you to thank you for everything that you and your staff have done to help me create such a beautiful reef tank. Let me start by saying that I would never have done business with any internet company in the past. I am very careful about how my money is spent. YOUR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES ON THE WEB SITE CONVINCED ME TO GIVE YOU A TRY. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!

I started out by purchasing some garf grunge and reef janitors. The janitors have completely cleaned my tank and are busy working every day. I had an algae bloom that I could not control, and now, in only a few weeks, it is not only gone, but the tank is spotless!

The grunge is the most beautiful substrate I have ever seen! I have found numerous little corals and sponges growing in my tank, and I am experiencing a coraline algae bloom much faster than thought possible. Also, every experienced reef keeper that has seen my tank wants to know what the heck is that? Being used to seeing plain sand or crushed coral, they are delighted and mystified by the beauty! It has also added a level of stability and overall health to my tank that is amazing!

Next, as you know, I have ordered a few shipments of corals from you. I can't believe how fast they grow, and how beautiful they are! This is of course in addition to the rare species that you offer. Never in a million years could I have found the rare and different corals you have sent me. The pet shop, or reef "experts" would never have most of these beautiful rarities!

As a matter of fact, my local coral supplier has seen my tank and he cannot believe his eyes! He has told me that with over thirty years in the reef aquarium business, never has he seen such a beautiful tank! The "show" tank in his store is very pale by comparison!

I have told him that thanks to some real professionals in Idaho, this type of tank could be a reality for anyone! I am sure he will order from you soon, as he is most jealous of my aquarium, and has to have some for his own!

I will send you some pictures very soon. I am sure that you will agree, this is truly a beautiful, healthy, thriving, 90 gallon reef aquarium. I owe most of it to you and your staff!

From grunge, janitors, magic reef dust, and your help in recommending food and additives, everything I followed from what you have suggested has helped my tank achieve more goals than I ever expected! THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING! I CANNOT WAIT TO RECEIVE MY NEXT ORDER, VERY SOON!

Mark Defrancisco
Trenton, New Jersey


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