06 August, 2016

122

Coral Line by: Christian Nguyen

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Montipora digitata

Message: Just keep swimming... Just keep swimming...

Note: The graph shows negative growth, which is bizarre. The most likely explanation is fish predation. These fish bites are not killing the coral frags though, only shortening them. We suspect it is one of the reasons why the Monitpora growing on our reef naturally is quite stunted with many branchlets- the fish crop off any longer branches. We will continue to monitor the line, but we are not worried, as the fragments seem healthy and many more branches have started to grow, even if it means the diameter is not any bigger! 



















05 August, 2016

133

Coral Line By: Carrie O'Brien

Species: Goniastrea sp.

Type: Submassive

Message: Hope













132

Coral Line by: Rodney CC Chan

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora aspera

Message: An unforgettable birthday @ 35th




 
















131

Coral Line by: Natalie, Margaret & Mike

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora aspera




















130

Coral Line by: Nick, Nicole, Ashley & Nicky Macarchuk

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Montipora digitata

Note: you will notice the growth rate has gone down for this line, and from the photo at 3 months you can see the corals are noticeably smaller. It appears that something is eating the tips of the fragments growing here, possibly a parrotfish. We will put a gopro down on the nursery to get a better idea of what is going on! All lines of this species have experienced the same negative growth, but all lines show a good survival rate. Some of the bigger frags seem to have grown nicely though so we will keep a special eye on those!























128

Coral Line by: Danny & Regina

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Montipora digitata

Note: When this line was measured at 3 months we discovered the size of the fragments had actually gone down.. we were pretty confused until we had a closer look which revealed something has been munching on your line! We suspect parrotfish are the culprit, nibbling off the tips of your little corals. We will put a gopro down on the nursery to find out what's going on! The good news is that all the fragments are still alive - we hope they will grow bigger in the future! It is actually the same for all lines of this species.





















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