Hexagonal Frag Mounts composed of Xport-Ca
Maximizes aquarist’s use of available space in coral culture systems while also maximizing the growth rate potential of coralline algae
Hexagonal shape maximizes use of available surface area in grow out systems (better utilization of space than frag plugs or discs with circular or radius shapes to the glued surfaces)
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.
Rinse surface dust off of HeXiDiscs by immersing them in grow out aquarium water and agitating until no more dust appears; this will seed each disc with beneficial bacterioplankton, and improve the adhesion of cyanoacrylate to the piece. HeXiDiscs may be left in the grow out system until needed, to seed with nitrifiers and/or coralline algae. When preparing a disc for attachment of corals and/or polyps, remove the disc 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 disc 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 disc dry with a clean towel. Apply a small blob of R.E.E.F.-Fuze FCA to the attachment site on the disc, 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 HeXiDisc 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.
While we make every effort to ensure that HeXiDiscs will arrive undamaged, rough handling during shipping may occassionally result in breakage of a disc. Fortunately, the discs may be easily repared with R.E.E.F.-Fuze FCA or another fast-drying, aquarium-safe adhesive, by applying a small amount of the adhesive to one of the two mating surfaces, then holding them together for a few seconds, or until the adhesive has set and the repaired disc is durable. The growth of coralline algae over a previously-damaged disc will further solidify the structure.
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.