LPS是珊瑚家族中种类最多的一个群体之一了。它们形态各异,颜色丰富,纹理多姿,虽然很多人认为真叶类珊瑚和脑类珊瑚是属于软珊瑚,但是它们所有组织下都有骨骼。

 

LPS是英文large polyp stony的简写,一些LPS比如甜甜圈,富士脑还有飞盘类有一块大型息肉。这类LPS并不适合传统繁殖方法,因为在这里我们不做讨论。

 

 

大部分LPS珊瑚的繁殖需要用到一把锯子,一些支状珊瑚比如糖果脑,榔头,叉枝干星珊瑚也能用珊瑚专用剪刀来剪,不过用锯子的话,更简单便意一些。

 

枝状珊瑚是最容易繁殖的了,你可以轻松从母体上分离出子体来。在你把它们切成单片或两片之后,把底部剃掉,子体立起来大约7cm高,把底部弄平整,短一点的断肢粘起来后更容易立起来。


 

对于有骨骼的珊瑚,你必须更加注意细节。对糖果脑,宝石花,太阳花,迷宫闹珊瑚,你需要用锯子锯断周围的水螅体;典型的糖果脑或迷宫脑碎片大约是两到四个水螅体。

 

接下来,切下来的子体的底部使其尽可能平坦;其余的地方都可以用胶水填充。一定要把子体切得足够厚,这样你就不会意外地切到珊瑚的活的部分。


 

当你的子体准备粘起来时,把底部弄干。然后,加入胶水,让它凝固几秒钟,然后再放进珊瑚缸里。

 

对于像调色盘和真叶类这样的LPS珊瑚,您需要决定从哪个部位切它们。在拐角的地方切通常可以制成尺寸很好的子体,如果需要的话,你可以把它们切成两半。


 

当把你的珊瑚回到珊瑚缸里时,轻轻地抖动,去掉它们的粘液。在接下来的几个小时内,水螅体会开始伸出来,接下来的几天,珊瑚将开始生长。

 

祝你第一个繁殖的LPS能活下来,这比繁殖软珊瑚、SPS或繁殖纽扣要麻烦一点,但可以带来一种有趣、有创造性和有益的体验。

 

 

原文:

LPS corals are morphologically one of the most diverse groups of corals; they come in a broad range of shapes, colors, and textures. While many may assume that Euphyllias and meat-like corals are soft corals, they actually have a skeleton underneath all the tissue.

 

LPS stands for large polyp stony; Some LPS such as Scolys, Meat corals, and Fungias have one large polyp or corallite. These types of LPS are not conducive to conventional fragging techniques, so we’ll avoid discussing these. 

 

Most LPS corals need to be fragged using a band saw. However, some branching types such as branching Euphyllia, Blastomussa, and Caulastrea can be fragged using coral cutters but it is easier to get a flat edge with a band saw.

 

Branching corals are the easiest to frag since all you have to do is separate the branches from each other. After you have cut them into singles or doubles shave off the end making the frag stand about three inches high with a flat bottom; the shorter frags will stand up easier when gluing them.

 

For corals that are encrusting, you have to pay more attention to detail. With corals such as Acans (now Micromussa), Goniopora, Galaxea, sun corals, and Favias, you want to cut with the band saw around the polyps; a typical Acan or Favia frag is about two to four polyps.

 

Next, cut the bottom of the frag to make it flat as possible; when cutting corners you will need to cut the bottom diagonal to make it flat. Any spaces left over can be filled with glue. Be sure to cut the frag thick enough so that you do not accidentally cut in to the living parts of the coral.

 

Once your frags are ready to be glued, dry the bottom of the coral and frag disc. Then, add your glue and let it set for a few seconds before adding it back into the aquarium.For LPS corals such as Lobos, Chalices, Pectina, and wall Euphyllias, you will need to decide where to cut them. Cutting them where they bend and curve usually makes nice sized frags and you can cut those in half if needed.

 

 

When your corals are back in the aquarium, gently baste off their mucus. Within the next few hours the polyps will start coming out and the next few days the coral will start to extend its edges.

 

Good luck fragging your first LPS coral. It is a little more work than cutting soft corals, fragging SPS corals or propagating zoanthids, but can be a fun, creative, and rewarding experience.