Machado deSousa posted a new video at ReefCentralsharing his technique for fragging Acropora one polyp at a time. Watch as Mr. deSousa:
- Cuts a “normally sized” Acropora frag from the parent colony.
- Snips off a single polyp from this frag.
- Transplants the single polyp into the hole located on a rubber cap for a flower stem holder.
- Add a disinfecting iodine solution (using Tropic Marine Pro Coral Cure) into a flower stem holder.
- Place the rubber cap (with Acropora polyp) over the holder filled with iodine solution.
Mr. deSousa says frags mounted this way are more resistant to infection; This is because the freshly cut end of the frag/polyp is continually submerged in the iodine solution of the plastic vile. It normally takes about a mouth for the single polyp to encrust over the rubber cap and produce a second polyp. The micro-frag grows exponentially from there on out.
This may not be the most practical fragging technique for average hobbyists, but Machado de Sousa is no average hobbyist: Read more about his incredible 8000L Portugal coral farm.