[Coral-List] coral propagation GLUE.
rohitratnakaran at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 13 13:57:25 EST 2004
Dear Jez Roff;
i am just an aquarist in india. i have had good
success with the cynoacrylate glue commonly known as
"superglue" in attaching leather coral as well as some
zoanthid's. attaching the zoanthids is easier said
than done because of the amount of slime they produce.
we get the zoanthids (these flourescense under actinic
blue light) in the form of small sheets approximately
6" square. i have found that it helps to give both the
coral varieties a dip in a weak solution of iodine in
salt water from the aquarium.4 drops of tincture of
iodine available at any chemist shop in 250ml of the
aquarium water. the dip usually lasts only for 90 to
dont know if this will help you in your quest but the
product "superglue" has helped me in my propogation
with best regards
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> Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Methods for nubbinising
> tabular corals?
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> Gel-type superglues can work well for this sort of
> thing, and are far
> less bulky than epoxy putty or clay. There are a
> number of good ones
> marketed for this purpose that are used extensively
> by reef aquarium
> hobbyists. You might contact Inland Aquatics in
> Terre Haute, Indiana
> for suggestions (they have a web site). Also, if
> there is a reef
> aquarium society in your area, you would likely find
> its members to
> be great fonts of knowledge about practical things
> like this
> involving the propagation and growing of
> corals....these folks are
> mostly not researchers or even scientists (though
> some are), but many
> reef aquarium hobbyists are extremely knowledgeable,
> skilled, and
> clever at working with corals in aquaria
> (researchers should not
> underestimate the potential value of making
> connections with advanced
> Recently, one of my students set up a coral growth
> experiment using
> small (approx 2 cm) Acropora branch tips glued to
> the ends of 10cm
> lengths of glass rod. Not all superglues worked
> equally well for
> her. Of the brands available locally in the local
> hardware stores in
> Minnesota (USA), she found that "Duro Quick Gel"
> worked best (I have
> no idea what brands you would have available
> Superglues don't always hold coral fragments
> extremely tightly in my
> experience (especially if the coral is glued to
> glass), but if the
> coral fragments are healthy they should sheet out at
> the base and
> attach fairly quickly (depending on species..in our
> case, the corals
> had firmly attached themselves in no more than a few
> weeks), and then
> you are home free....attachment will be secure at
> that point.
> To get the best grip with the superglues, the
> surface you are gluing
> to should probably be a bit rough. You should also
> dry the base of
> the coral fragment with a paper towel before
> applying the drop of
> glue (I think there might be advantages to applying
> the glue directly
> to the base of the coral fragment rather than or in
> addition to the
> surface you are gluing to), and make sure the
> surface you are gluing
> to is dry.
> I have also heard of people using hot melt glue to
> attach corals.
> Heat might be an issue of course if the coral
> fragment is small, but
> such glues can grip quite well and a small dot of
> glue might be
> enough for a good hold. I have not tried hot melt
> glue myself though.
> I hope this helps.
> Bill Capman
> Associate Professor
> and Department Chair
> Biology Department
> Campus Box 117
> Augsburg College
> 2211 Riverside Ave.
> Minneapolis, MN 55454 USA
> FAX: 612/330-1076
> capman at augsburg.edu
> >Dear coral-list,
> >I was wondering if anyone had any prior experience
> with creating nubbins from
> >tabular acroporids (A.cytherea, A.clathrata etc)
> for tank experiments.
> >The 'traditional' (vertical) method using
> plasticine and cups for creating
> >nubbins from branching corals doesn't seem
> applicable - the fragments i am
> >using are ~5cm in length, and need to be kept in an
> 'in-situ' form (i.e.
> >horizontal) with minimal contact with live tissue.
> >recommendations would be
> >greatly appreciated.
> >Jez Roff
> >"C'est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot"
> > Louis Pasteur
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