|This beautiful group of Zoanthids was propagated by Lionel on an Aragocrete sculpture that spell out the words GARF. The letter G on this sculpture is now completely covered with beautiful, multicolored Zoanthids. Each of these groups of Zoanthid started from just one polyp. This weekend I will be removing the majority of the Zoanthids so I can propagate this beautiful combination on dozens of reef plugs.
This sculpture has at least a dozen different, colorful, Zoanthid and Protopalythoa. This image just shows the top one-third of this 10 in. letter G. Sally Jo will photograph the entire sculpture several times so I can show you a before and after image of this sculpture. I will use a small sharp wood chisel to surgically removed individual polyps so that I do not damage the Aragocrete sculpture too much. It is extremely enjoyable to design beautifully colored colonies of this hardy coral.
Each of the individual polyps will be glued to a Reef Plugtm with GARF reef glue. This is made much easier because I remove a small chunk of the Aragocrete sculpture with each Polyp. The reef plugs will each contain three distinct, colorful, hardy Zoanthids. These reef plugs will be grown in a shallow tray that is approximately 6 in. deep.
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