Trevor 07/27/03 3:00
Leroy's prize 300 gallon tank has an interesting history. It used to be a holding tank for Maine lobsters in one of Boise's fanciest restaurants. The restaurant was going to throw the tank away, but fortunately, a GARF supporter noticed the tank and rescued it from a dumpster.
Now, the tank grows corals, lots and lots of corals. Filled to the brim with aragocrete rock, there is space for our many varieties of acropora, xenia, montipora, pocillopora and others.
However after a season of excellent coral growth, even this 300 gallon system begins to experience a problem with overcrowding. Some corals will shade others, and some will become too top heavy and fall off into the bottom.
This gorgeous purple acropora grew so heavy, that the slightest bump from a pair of tweezers sent it tumbling down to the bottom of the tank. Clearly, it was time to propagate!
We took the coral out of the tank, and placed it into a shallow tray of water.
At this point, we'd usually place the plugs into our cutting unit in order to send them out to our customers.
However, this coral is extremely beautiful with bright purple and green coloration. I decided that we needed to save the pieces as broodstock, in order to increase our production of this coral.
While a single plug will develop into a full head of Acropora in a relatively short time, there are more efficient ways to grow brood stock.
The advantage of GARF aragocrete plugs is that they can function like building blocks, and fit together in novel combinations.
Plugs are easy to glue together; I just use a tube of SallyJo's reef glue.
Additionally, once a single piece on a plug grows enough to touch another piece, there will be a boost of growth as the corals join together.
I also glue the base plate from the original Acropora piece back into the tank. Waste not, want not! Eventually this base plate will regrow. In a couple of months, we will have many of these beautiful purple acropora!
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We are having a special on all of the coral cuttings. WHEN YOU PURCHASE 5 AT THE REGULAR PRICE OF $100 WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO FREE CORALS!. We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
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Date: 22 Aug 2000 13:46:02 +0000
From: "Mark DeFrancisco"
Subject: THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
I started out by purchasing some garf grunge and reef janitors. The janitors have completely cleaned my tank and are busy working every day. I had an algae bloom that I could not control, and now, in only a few weeks, it is not only gone, but the tank is spotless!
The grunge is the most beautiful substrate I have ever seen! I have found numerous little corals and sponges growing in my tank, and I am experiencing a coraline algae bloom much faster than thought possible. Also, every experienced reef keeper that has seen my tank wants to know what the heck is that? Being used to seeing plain sand or crushed coral, they are delighted and mystified by the beauty! It has also added a level of stability and overall health to my tank that is amazing!
Next, as you know, I have ordered a few shipments of corals from you. I can't believe how fast they grow, and how beautiful they are! This is of course in addition to the rare species that you offer. Never in a million years could I have found the rare and different corals you have sent me. The pet shop, or reef "experts" would never have most of these beautiful rarities!
As a matter of fact, my local coral supplier has seen my tank and he cannot believe his eyes! He has told me that with over thirty years in the reef aquarium business, never has he seen such a beautiful tank! The "show" tank in his store is very pale by comparison!
I have told him that thanks to some real professionals in Idaho, this type of tank could be a reality for anyone! I am sure he will order from you soon, as he is most jealous of my aquarium, and has to have some for his own!
I will send you some pictures very soon. I am sure that you will agree, this is truly a beautiful, healthy, thriving, 90 gallon reef aquarium. I owe most of it to you and your staff!
From grunge, janitors, magic reef dust, and your help in recommending food and additives, everything I followed from what you have suggested has helped my tank achieve more goals than I ever expected! THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING! I CANNOT WAIT TO RECEIVE MY NEXT ORDER, VERY SOON!