How to Propagate Xeniidae

Xeniidae possess the ability to heal, grow and reproduce much faster than many other corals. In fact, their growth rates and reproduction levels have sometimes been compared to the pesky aiptasia.

Propagation of members of this family have proven very easy as well as rewarding. Some parent colonies can tolerate being harvested on a monthly basis, while maintaining the same overall mass.

Pulsing Xenia PropagationXeniids easily reproduce with no assistance from the hobbyist through laceration, fission, and budding. Simply placing them against a bare substrate commonly results in new colonies as the base of the coral spreads.

Propagation for this coral is as simple as cutting off a single stock hear the base and securing it to its new base (substrate, cement plug or coral rubble) with mesh material and a rubber-band. Glues and epoxies are normally rejected by the tissue in these corals as heavy mucus production results from their cutting.

The entire fragment should be covered with the mess material without regard to its position on the new base rock. This will result in multiple stalk grow out.

It is a good idea to minimize contact with these corals and to work as quickly as possible to minimize mucus production (though still take as much time as you need to do this correctly).

The best method for cutting these corals is to do so quickly and without previously disturbing the colony which would result in its contraction. The cutting will commonly float up-ward into the water column were it can be retrieved using forceps or a net.