Coral Line by: John & Kasra

Date Created: 16 January 2016

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora granulosa

Message: Kurt Kroeger’s Coral Garden

Whilst the survival of this line has been relatively poor, it is important data for us to be able to see which coral species are suitable for this sort of reef restoration project. It is likely that the very warm water temperature at the time of planting this line induced additional stress to the corals and the species was not resilient enough to recover. Note the pale colour of the corals in the 3 month photograph. This was coral bleaching induced by the 2016 El Nino. To learn more, see our bleaching page. 

At one year, we are delighted to report the remaining frags are growing so well! The colonies that we have grown will be transplanted to the reef in the next few months, hopefully making our reef more resilient in the future!

Update November, 2021: the remaining 12 colonies that had been left in the nursery for some time have been transplanted onto the natural reef! They now serve as a home for countless marine creatures on the Gili Lankanfushi reef. Since this line survived the 2016 El Nino induced mass bleaching event, it is an important addition to the reef. We hope that it will continue to generate many more resilient offspring in the future!