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Trevor 07/27/03  3:00

Leroy's prize 300 gallon tank has an interesting history. It used to be a holding tank for Maine lobsters in one of Boise's fanciest restaurants. The restaurant was going to throw the tank away, but fortunately, a GARF supporter noticed the tank and rescued it from a dumpster.

Now, the tank grows corals, lots and lots of corals. Filled to the brim with aragocrete rock, there is space for our many varieties of acropora, xenia, montipora, pocillopora and others.

However after a season of excellent coral growth, even this 300 gallon system begins to experience a problem with overcrowding. Some corals will shade others, and some will become too top heavy and fall off into the bottom.

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This gorgeous purple acropora grew so heavy, that the slightest bump from a pair of tweezers sent it tumbling down to the bottom of the tank. Clearly, it was time to propagate!

We took the coral out of the tank, and placed it into a shallow tray of water.

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The coral is then broken down into pieces and glued onto plugs.

At this point, we'd usually place the plugs into our cutting unit in order to send them out to our customers.

However, this coral is extremely beautiful with bright purple and green coloration. I decided that we needed to save the pieces as broodstock, in order to increase our production of this coral.

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While a single plug will develop into a full head of Acropora in a relatively short time, there are more efficient ways to grow brood stock.

The advantage of GARF aragocrete plugs is that they can function like building blocks, and fit together in novel combinations.

Plugs are easy to glue together; I just use a tube of SallyJo's reef glue.

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Put the plugs in several different shapes. The goals should be to have all the pieces glued together in as small a shape as possible, and to have the coral pieces pointed in all sorts of different directions.

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The odd currents created by the varied positions will cause the corals to grow faster than just a single plug.

Additionally, once a single piece on a plug grows enough to touch another piece, there will be a boost of growth as the corals join together.

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Finally, I have glued all the plugs together in one shape, a coral-growing behemoth. Not only will this grow faster than the original head of Acropora, it is more stable and less likely to cause an miniature avalanche in the tank.

I also glue the base plate from the original Acropora piece back into the tank. Waste not, want not! Eventually this base plate will regrow. In a couple of months, we will have many of these beautiful purple acropora!

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You can try some glue and plugs of your own, this week we are having a special with our coral sets: order a set and get 1 free tube of SallyJo's reef glue and 12 plugs.

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REMEMBER - SAVE A REEF - GROW YOUR OWN

FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.


IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE SOME OF SALLY JO'S GREAT NEW CUTTINGS PLEASE CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-600-6163

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.


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GREAT GARF SPECIAL - WITH EACH ORDER YOU CAN PICK ONE AVAILABLE CORAL FOR FREE

We will custom mix your Reef JanitorsTM from our great mix of algae eating snails and hermits.

PLEASE SEND ME
7 COLORED SPS CORALS,100.00 plus shipping and handling
7 COLORED SOFT CORALS,100.00 plus shipping and handling
Garf GrungeTM live sand activator for -- $5.00 per lb., plus shipping and handling

30 GALLON REEF Forty five reef janitors for only $1.00 each.
-- $45.00, plus shipping and handling
50 GALLON REEF Eighty two reef janitors for only $1.00 each
-- $82.00, plus shipping and handling
100 GALLON REEF One hundred fifty reef janitors for only $1.00 each.
-- $150.00, plus shipping and handling

For us to fill your order, please enter your name, E-mail and phone numbers and we will call you to take down the size of your aquarium so we can help you order the proper mixture of reef janitors and Garf Grunge. We will ask for your mailing address and payment information. Thank you!! Alternatively, you may also print out and either mail or fax your order to 208-344-6189





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CALL TODAY AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH ANY AMOUNT OF SNAILS AND HERMITS FOR ONLY $1.00 EACH. LeRoy


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corals for sale

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WE DID IT - we set up our long needed merchants account
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CALL TODAY AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH ANY AMOUNT OF SNAILS AND HERMITS FOR ONLY $1.00 EACH. LeRoy

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Use this site to solve your reef aquarium algae problems, and help support our research!!!


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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1726 Merrill St.
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Email: leroy@garf.org

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TO ALL OF THE LARGE PICTURES OF OUR REEFS
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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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