[Coral-List] Epoxy? Mortar? etc.? for coral transplantation -sharing experiences

Verena Wiesbauer Ali marinebiology.verena at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 01:19:16 EDT 2011

 Dear Listers,

I would like to thank everyone who shared their experiences with coral
attachment methods/materials with me and/or the group, particularly also the
hint that this has already been subject of a scientific studies before. If
anyone has more papers on comparative methods/materials other than Forrester
et al 2010 or Epstein et al 2001, I would appreciate pdfs since I am lost
here in the Maldives without a University server.
I should not forget the people that introduced me into the methodology a
couple of years ago: Steve Lindsay & Rob Hilliard from Australia. Whatever I
practically learned, I learned from them.

Here's a summary of attachment methods that I received from various coral

   Alternatives to epoxy/cement

Galvanized nails and binding wire, for corals that will self-attach.


(2-part) Epoxy

“Carboline Carboguard” – can be mixed underwater

“Aquamend” – can be mixed underwater


Z-spar; can be mixed underwater too, but easier to mix on land and take down
in milk crates

“All-Fix” Epoxy (by Circuit Corp.) – can be mixed underwater, gives some
time to work (1hr), comes in plastic tubs, less messy and easier to deal
than Z-Spar (metal cans)


“Subcoat” by Veneziani (Italian product), hard to mix – better on land and
take it down

“Selleys Knead It Aqua” (Australian product), sets within 20-30 minutes –
non-toxic, not cheap, can be mixed underwater


Plasticine (what kids use; non-toxic) – brand unknown


Portland cement – long working time. To reduce clouding, add plaster of

Hydraulic cement in ziploc bags, taken underwater and mixed there with


Verena Wiesbauer Ali, M.Sc.
Marine Biologist / Zoologist
EIA Consultant: 03/10
Austria and Maldives

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