Rescuing Dying Corals: Fungia

This was my first attempt to rescue a Fungia (plate coral).  This rescue is requiring more time than actual effort.  Based on the sharp outline of dead skeleton, it appears this Fungia was stung.  To prevent further tissue injury, I superglued the edges of the tissue on to the skeleton.  Since superglue (cyanoacrylate) cures in an exothermic reaction (releases heat), I had to quickly submerge the coral in the cooler water to prevent further tissue damage. 

December 28, 2011

Well over a month later, the coral’s appearance has not changed significantly, but its health has improved dramatically.  The edges of the healthy tissue have started to grow over the superglue, and the coral takes all food offered.  Additionally, the coral has developed a stoney growth below the mouth.  It appears that several of the septa (teeth-like ridges in the coral’s skeleton) have merged.  I wonder if this is a form of budding (a part of the coral separates itself from the parent as a type of asexual reproduction.)

February 6, 2012
Based on this very limited experience, Fungia appear very resilient to physical damage.  Time will tell how well it will heal over the skeleton and if that growth is an actual coral bud.

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