[Coral-List] Planting of propagated coral fragments

Tom Moore Tom.Moore at noaa.gov
Thu May 4 15:31:16 EDT 2006

If you are going to use wire I would suggest Monel, it is a little bit 
more expensive then stainless but found that it works much better in 
seawater, as stainless is subject to micro-pitting.

Tom Moore
NOAA Restoration Center
St. Petersburg, Florida

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> Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 08:23:27 -0700 (PDT)
> From: andrew ross <andyroo_of72 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Planting of propagated coral fragments
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> List,
>   I'm hoping to begin replanting of propagated A. cervicornis material
> in June/July in Montego Bay: racing the storm season.
>   Any suggestions on methods?
>   I am planning to break up the propagated material into 5-10cm segments
> and wire them to masonry nails hammered into urchin grazed, clean reef. 
>   Wire will be a vinyl coated copper (i'm having good success, it's
> cheap, colour coded and easy to work with) but i'm interested in
> suggestions on types of nail: galvanized is probably bad (?) I'm
> expecting partial attachment to the reef within 2-3 weeks and overgrowth
> of the nail within 5-7 weeks. Will nail rusting inhibit overgrowth?
>   Are there other suggestions in reef attachment?
>   I've looked at simple spreading, string anchoring, epoxy, concrete,
> drilling-and-sticking and some more. Nails seem most secure in the
> short-term.
>   Andrew Ross
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