What Is Coral Fragging and Its Benefits

Help Save The Environment Through Coral Fragging

Before discussing the coral propagation, let us discuss first what coral is.

Corals are marine organisms in class of Anthozoa living in compact colonies. The group includes important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and also they secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

They have many benefits both to human and fishes underwater. They serve as a habitat for a fish and corals provides food for them. For humans, they serve as food to us, source of some medicine, and they serve as a research subject for our scientists.

Scientists learn about anatomy, population dynamics, and ecological change through studying these unique organisms and the ways on how they interact with the environment. The scientists have discovered the physical and chemical compounds that they now use to treat cardiovascular diseases, skin cancer, leukemia, ulcers, and bone damage. Since research about coral is still new, new information and treatments are rapidly forming thanks to their ecosystem.

A coral head, which appears to be single organism, is a colony of identical polyps. Over many generations the colony secretes a skeleton that is the characteristic of the species. Heads grow by asexual reproduction which is a mode of reproduction by which offspring arise from a single parent and does not involve meiosis, ploidy reduction, or fertilization. Corals also breed sexually by spawning.

Corals catch small fish and animals using stinging cells on their tentacles. They obtain the majority of their energy and nutrients from zooxanthallae which is a photosynthetic unicellular algae. Corals need sunlight that’s why they grow in clear, shallow water, typically at depths shallower than 60 meters.

Corals can be both unisexual and hermaphroditic, which means they can reproduce sexually and asexually. Coral propagation is a type of reproduction by dividing the coral colony.

Coral propagation or coral fragging is the production of corals by cutting it into fragments for growth of a new colony. Since propagated corals are more suitable to saltwater aquariums, you need to propagate more of a particular kind of coral so that you don’t need to pick corals in the wild.

Wild collected corals can be put in the aquarium but it is discouraged because it may have parasites and diseases which are extremely hard to remove and may end the life of your fishes. More so, you are somewhat destroying the environment if you will be collecting corals directly from the wild. And in most countries, it is illegal where you can be fined or face legal consequences.

One of the biggest benefits of coral fragging is the preservation of Wild Life. It is like preventing other people to collect it from the wild, while you yourself will have a good deal of income from reproducing it.

From a hobbyist stand point, corals are a great way to make extra cash and also a great way to trade with other hobbyist for new corals. In short, coral fragging, is not just saving the environment, making a hobby, but also having a unique business.

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