Why coral propagation?
Here are some advantages of aquarium-grown corals:
“Offspring” corals are already adapted to aquarium conditions and have a much greater tolerance to fluctuations than imported corals.
For aquarium grown corals we know the light and current conditions, as well as the water parameters. This can be matched with the aquarium conditions of your aquarium and we can advise you on care and placement of the corals.
Overall, there are significantly fewer failures than with corals taken from the wild.
With natural specimens we know nothing about the light and current conditions under which the coral has grown. Whether we hit this right at the placement in our aquarium, the coral tells us only some time later, e.g. by growth or fading.
No natural removals are necessary.
Farm-raised corals in tropical countries may have the advantage of generating a source of income for the local population. This would thus represent a sustainable use of coral reefs. However, the lower energy consumption (no artificial lighting) in these countries is countered by the very energy-intensive transport by air.
We carry a permanent selection of over 90 species of coral.
We have been maintaining this species population for many years, in some cases for over 15 years. Our species are extensively documented in terms of growth habit, coloration, polyp pattern and ecology under different environmental conditions. From some species many hundreds of offshoots have already been sold, which may have grown up to large mother colonies in the new tanks and from there found further distribution in marine aquaristics.
We also frag the block corals and LPS!
Viele Many LPS species, especially the massively growing corals (Favia, Favites, Goniopora, Alveopora, Blastomussa, Acanthastrea, brain corals, etc.) or sub-massively growing corals (e.g. Euphyllia ancora) are hardly fragmented inland.
For the reason that this is much more complex than with SPS corals or “head-shaped” growing LPS corals (Caulastrea, Euphyllia divisa,…) and can also lead to failures. Also, these species grow much slower than Montipora, Acropora, Seriatopora, and co.
Thus, these corals in the aquarium trade continue to come largely from natural removals.
Often you can guess how they were cut out of a large mother coral with a chisel.
Because this is more complex and because the fragments grow more slowly, we have to set a somewhat higher price than for other species. But in return, these are also real “offspring” corals, grown under 100% renewable energies.
Also, in terms of durability, these aquarium-grown corals are not comparable to the constant “run” of imported corals from nature, with often high mortalities.
Of course, all mother colonies ultimately come from natural removals as well.
Our premise for fragmentation is that the mass of the parent coral after fragmentation must not fall below the initial weight at which we obtained the species. So the mass increases up to a certain point (space availability). This is also documented. Only the “surplus” grown in the aquarium is sold. This ensures that they are true “offspring” corals. Thus, we have already been able to sell many times the initial mass of offshoots from all of our mother colonies.
We also try to maintain at least two colonies of each species – to preserve the species in case a coral should die.