Hemispherical Frag Mount composed of Xport-Ca
Maximizes aquarist’s use of available space in coral culture systems and growth rate potential of coralline algae
- Hemispherical shape is conducive to growing all manner of branching, plating, and massive stony corals, soft corals, and colonial polyps such as zoanthids and their close allies
- Can monitor growth rates at a glance due to fluorescent coloration of the bonded area is over grown with new coral tissue
- Average surface area of 500,000 ft2 per cubic foot for colonization by beneficial nitrifying bacteria
Combining the benefits and cutting-edge technology of fluorescent cyanoacrylate (which clearly shows the rate of coral tissue growth following propagation when illuminated under actinic light sources) and Xport-Ca, an aragonite-based version of NanoIntelex Xport filtration media (all of which is made in our private factory in the United States), Brightwell Aquatics introduces the R.E.E.F. Frag system. The goal is simple: to improve productivity, use of spatial and monetary resources, and consequently the bottom line of coral and zooxanthallate clam farmers. 100% researched, designed, and made in the USA of US-sourced, high-quality ingredients.
Maintain pathogen-free reef systems by exercising sound judgment when purchasing or bartering for corals. When in doubt, dip corals in MediCoral.
Rinse surface dust off of HemiXSphere by immersing it in grow out aquarium water and agitating until no more dust appears to fall from the piece; this will seed the piece with beneficial bacterioplankton, and improve the adhesion of cyanoacrylate to the piece. HemiXSphere may be left in the grow out system until needed, to seed with nitrifiers and/or coralline algae. When preparing the piece for attachment of corals and/or polyps, remove the piece from the aquarium water and pat the surface that is to be the attachment point for the coral dry with a clean towel, until the majority of moisture appears to be gone from the area. If desired, aquarist may gouge a small depression in the HemiXSphere using a blunt instrument, such as a Phillips-head screwdriver, within which to place the clipped end of branching stony corals or soft corals. Pat the end of the coral, polyp, or colony that is to be adhered to the HemiXSphere dry with a clean towel. Apply a small blob of R.E.E.F.-Fuze FCA to the attachment site on the HemiXSphere, place the end of the coral or polyp into the FCA, then lightly and firmly hold the frag in place for 30 - 60 seconds. The HemiXSphere can be placed back into the grow out system as soon as the frag is firmly set. Note that use of Brightwell Aquatics Vitamarin-C will dramatically increase the growth rate of soft tissue in propagated cnidarians.
Sanitary instruments and conditions lead to improved results when propagating corals; it is recommended that all instruments be thoroughly cleaned and dried between uses, and that aquarists wear hand and eye protection when handling and cutting cnidarians.