If you are considering giving coral propagation a try, you'll need a spacious general work area for serious fragging. For working on a much smaller scale, your living room floor could work as well.
This is what you'll need to set up the proper environment for propagation:
- Bright, adjustable lighting. You will need overhead, directional and variable lamp fixtures.
- Holding tanks. You will need one or more holding tanks with system water for colonies waiting process (fragmentation or securing).
- Heated water bath. You will need a heated water bath for extended work time with parents and divisions.
- Proper drainage and electricity. You will need safe and ready access to drainage and electricity with GFI outlets.
- Comfortable working space. A comfortable working space should include ergonomic chairs and tables.
- Clean, dry, absorbent towels.
- Waste removal.
- Sink with running water.
- Always wear protective eyewear and latex gloves. For those with latex alergies, latex-free chemical resistant gloves can be used as well.
- Always have a contingency plan. A contingency plan should reflect awareness of emergency power shut-offs, poison control phone numbers, and readily available contact information of knowledgeable aquarist if assisstance is necessary.
- Always be mindful of toxins and any open cuts. Palytoxin which is used to make poison spears in the South Pacific is derived from "button corals". Keep neural toxins away from open cuts, mucus membranes and pets (dogs like to lick or eat anything smelly). Don't count on an antidote!
- Always have access to a first-aid kid and fresh water.
Stay tuned for the next part of this series where we delve into the proper tools and techniques to use for coral propagation.