Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby swamp.tide » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:46 pm

Dear MOFIB members,

I am a biology student and about to start my Ph.d. My idea is to check the expression of symbiosis-specific genes in coral larvae.

For that, I need to find some coral species I can easily induce to spawn in an aquarium.

Does anyone know any kind?

Thank you very much,

Michael.
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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby Suzy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:47 pm

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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby swamp.tide » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:14 pm

Wikipedia is a little inaccurate on this one... there are very few reports of induced spawning in aiptasias and no particular method has proved successful.

Although it is a model species for propagation studies.
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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby Suzy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:26 pm

Mine spawn very frequently. I raise bergias so I need lots of aiptasias. I doubt you will find one easier.
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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby swamp.tide » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:17 pm

Dear Suzy,

I agree Aiptasia are easy to propagate sexually, but I need a coral with a controlled method for induced spawning. Regarding Berghia, do you know when the nudibranchs first acquire zooxanthellae? Is it during larval development or only after metamorphosis?

Anabel,

Good tip. Will check my importer and see if can get me some Sansibia[i][/i]

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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby Suzy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:49 pm

I don't. Sorry.
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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby EasterEggs » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:15 pm

Poccilopora sp corals "spontaneously" sexually reproduce in reef tanks quite often, not sure how easier it would be to trigger it yourself.
Given sufficient thrust, pigs will fly just fine.
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Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby ericbrood » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:29 am

EasterEggs wrote:Poccilopora sp corals "spontaneously" sexually reproduce in reef tanks quite often, not sure how easier it would be to trigger it yourself.

+1
I have reef tank and observed new neon green pocillopora bud from distant rock quite often, though never had a chance to catch when it happens.
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Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby ericbrood » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:32 am

BTW, the origin of that new bud is just from approx 3 inch mini colony. Bigger colony might have favorable result.
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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby jeff@zina.com » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:46 am

EasterEggs wrote:Poccilopora sp corals "spontaneously" sexually reproduce in reef tanks quite often, not sure how easier it would be to trigger it yourself.

If it were easily triggered, everyone would be breeding it and there'd be no wild collection. :)

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Re: Is there any easy to spawn coral?

Postby EasterEggs » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:06 pm

jeff@zina.com wrote:If it were easily triggered, everyone would be breeding it and there'd be no wild collection. :)

Jeff


That's what I was suggesting. :D
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