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Conservation through propagation is a growing movement in the Aquarium Hobby. The conservation occurs when fellow hobbyists propagate coral and raise fish in captivity to supply the pet trade industry. As the awareness of conservation rises, the use of propagation includes benefits such as having healthier, captive bred corals and fish, the preservation of our natural wildlife, and also a great learning experience for our fellow hobbyists.
 
  Cutters & Scalpels   Tweezers & Gloves
Some of the tools used in the propagation process are cutters, which are mainly used to cut through the bone of hard corals. Scalpels are used to precisely incise the flesh of corals. These tools assist the hobbyist in cleanly separating or “fragging” corals into smaller segments. Tweezers and gloves are used during the “fragging” process. However, it is always beneficial to thoroughly wash your hands before you begin handling corals. Tweezers precisely hold on to the corals and gloves help to protect both the corals and your hands during the propagation process.
 
  Adhesives   Discs & Holders
Once corals have been detached, attaching them to some sort of base is usually the next step.  A whole line of adhesives are now available in order to attach fragged corals.  From epoxies to reef glue, we offer a variety of coral adhesives for your propagation needs. Discs and plugs provide fragged corals a base to grow on.  Bases come in a couple of different sizes in order to suite the hobbyist’s needs.  Several “frags” can then be mounted on a frag station to maximize space and displacement.
 
  Coral Dips   Food & Additives
Corals can be treated and “cleaned” using certain coral dips.  The purpose of these dips is to disinfect corals and many other invertebrates in order to prevent the spread of bacterial and protozoan disease.  Providing corals with food and nutrition is the best way to maintain health and overall beauty of these sea creatures.  There are many formulas of coral foods that can be utilized for the success of coral propagation and maintenance.  Also, providing the proper supplements will definitely boost up a coral’s immunity and overall “happiness”.
 
  Books   Miscellaneous

Learning about propagation is the best way to successfully grow and develop corals.  Increasing knowledge about structures and requirements definitely aid in the preservation movement and help decrease the amount of wildlife actually taken out of the ocean.  A variety of books are available to hobbyists in order to gain an understanding on the importance of conservation and to learn the “how to” of propagation.

Other tools such as holding tanks and specimen containers are used in the propagation process.  Specimen containers can be useful when doing “dips” or temporarily housing “fragged” specimens.  They can also be used to acclimate new inhabitants into new tanks.
 
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