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FAQs about Oculinid/Galaxy Coral Reproduction/Propagation

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Galaxea sp. Coral Anybody ever been successful fragging these corals. I have one that is fast approaching the size of a soccer ball in my 92 gal office tank and I would like to frag it. I know quite a few years back Albert did a demonstration fragging certain LPS and I think it involved a Dremel. Any thoughts or suggestions? Anybody near Madison, WI want to help? -Howard >> Oculinids (family containing genus Galaxea) can/are divided with hand tools... for asexual, commercial "fragging"... We use a lowered spg. iodine and hexose sugar dip immediately afterward... Dick Perrin's/Tropicorium got the biggest run of these going... about four species, one, two year classes. Bob Fenner, in sunny southern cal.

Galaxea Coral Hi <Hi Gaurav> I have a question regarding a tooth coral, Galaxea coral. I have one that is more than 12 inches in diameter. it is getting too big for my aquarium so I am thinking about fragging it. but I have never fragged a LPS hard coral before so I need some suggestions on how to do it. <I think fragging your coral is a wonderful idea. I'd like to suggest you use Anthony Calfo's "Book of Coral Propagation" as a reference and there are some wonderful websites that deal specifically with coral fragmentation.  WWW.fragexchange.com is one that immediately comes to mind> or do you have any better idea of what I should do about it. I have included a few pictures of it for reference. thanks for any suggestions you can give me. <If I may quote Anthony, "Galaxeas are fused colonies of individual, tubular corallites. Each cylinder crowned with a polyp can theoretically live on its own when separated. Coral farmers take colonies of Galaxea and rip paths between the corallites with an electric saw. Wire saw blades work well for this approach.. . . Propagated divisions laid on their side or against hard surfaces will quickly encrust and continue to grow.>  <I also know people who use a Dremel and do it on a lesser level. Good luck, Gaurav, I do encourage you to document what you do and post it on one of the websites. MacL> Gaurav

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