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Skipper
12/04/2006, 11:28 PM
This month Greg Hiller demonstrates a technique for fragmenting Plate corals in the article, "Propagating Fungia sp. (Plate coral)."

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thing2do
12/12/2006, 08:01 AM
how long does it take 4 them to regain the original round shape after fragging?

EnderG60
12/12/2006, 08:29 AM
funny my green and orange plate were all propagated, and the lil brown one came on a rock and is now making babies on the dead spot(you can just barly see the new one starting..green mouth).
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AIMFish
12/12/2006, 08:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8733172#post8733172 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by thing2do
how long does it take 4 them to regain the original round shape after fragging? I was wondering that also ;) No specific time listed but the previously mentioned article says, "Unfortunately, most Fungia are fairly slow growing corals. It might be possible to fragment a Fungia only once every few years. Over time the corals regain their roughly circular form, though sometimes they may have unusual skeletal features, and sometimes multiple mouths."

thing2do
12/12/2006, 09:08 AM
Hey enderg60 how does it make babies.?

MinibowMatt
12/12/2006, 09:16 AM
I cant ignore the rust on the tools!
Is it safe for reefers to use rusty tools when cutting the soft tissues of corals? Wouldn't the rust cause infections or possible poison the coral?

On the other hand, its good to know you can propagate Fungia Sp.
Does anyone really do it though? (based on how slow they grow)

Greg Hiller
12/13/2006, 08:56 AM
>how long does it take 4 them to regain the original round shape after fragging?<

Really depends upon the colony. I've found some to grow much faster than others. I'd say months to years.

>I cant ignore the rust on the tools!
Is it safe for reefers to use rusty tools when cutting the soft tissues of corals? Wouldn't the rust cause infections or possible poison the coral?<

I've not found it to be a big deal. Any bits of rust are not likely to become impregnated in the coral.

>On the other hand, its good to know you can propagate Fungia Sp.
Does anyone really do it though? (based on how slow they grow)<

I do! Remember 2 becomes 4 then 8 then 16. If you are patient you can have a pretty big garden of them.

EnderG60
12/13/2006, 02:40 PM
the lil one i have as well as the big orange one that sprouted mine both have a dead batch like a pizza slice on them which just keep sprouting babies. The green one, I got from a local reefer who has a"tree" made up of broken plate bits that keeps poping off babies, very similar to the artical just with the bits glued to a tree shaped rock.

melev
12/24/2006, 08:43 PM
Nice article, Greg. :thumbsup:

Aseidman
12/26/2006, 01:30 PM
my fungia is growin gon the side of a piece of tonga branch live rock. On its underside are 4 new fungia's. Do I need to break them off ? I have been told that they will eventually seperate on their own. is this the case ?
Thanks,
Alle

Greg Hiller
01/08/2007, 08:32 PM
They will likely separate on their own once they are large enough.