Everything that is needed for the small coral farmer.
In this section, I've displayed some different items that I find essential
for every day reefkeeping. In Figure 1, I've displayed a turkey baster,
tweezers, and a toothbrush, which are great utilities for curing and cleansing
live rock. The baster also has extreme functionality for direct feeding, which I
will demonstrate later. The hypodermic I use for spot killing aiptasia
anemones. And finally, call me a wussie
if you will... The gloves are to protect my hands from dry skin *and* myself as
I have been sensitized to coral stings. I had an incident where a large frogspawn
"grabbed" me and penetrated a crack on my finger. I swelled to my elbow.
I don't ever want to do that again.
In Figure 2 I've displayed scissors, heavy duty wire cutters, and a
razor blade. These are excellent tools for making coral divisions. A
ball peen hammer and smaller sized chisel are also excellent tools to
have on hand for divisions of more robust SPS colonies. Corrosion can
become a problem after divisions. I've found that a quick rinse in
fresh RO water greatly increases the lifespan of the tools. An
extensive demonstration of these tools will be given in just a bit.
Ahh... And the coral farmer's necessities. Figure 3 shows plumber's
epoxy, gel super glue, rubber bands, toothpicks, and rose stem
containers. All have their place in some aspect of getting various
types of coral mounted in a stationary position to allow for optimum
growth. Fishing line can also be useful in positioning different
corals in odd places or in the case of SPS, to the mounting
substrate. I just happened to forget to grab my Stren ;)