Stocking the platforms
Each platform consists of 14 racks which each hold 60 coral fragments, this allows us to process 1680 fragments per year on the platforms alone. The coral fragments are squeezed into silicone tubes (various tube sizes to account for different coral diameters). The fragments are then installed into mesh which is fastened to 3/4″ pvc piping.
No glue is used in the process, however it is important that the fragments are securely inserted in the tubing, so the base of the fragment is trimmed to fit to the tubing. The fragments are neatly aligned in rows of 10 to allow for easy counting.