Green Star Polyps-Is an island possible to contain them... really?

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  1. Tabasco1

    Tabasco1 Valuable Member

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    I've been hearing that you can create an "island" for them on a rock in the sand bed that is not attached to any other rock work. The idea being that they are isolated.

    Has anybody tried this? Does it really work? Or will they still be able to travel and populate in other areas you don't want them in?

    TIA!
     
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    Jeepguy242 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Yes it works. Be prepared to pull it out every 2 weeks and cut around the rock with a pair of scissors.

    Make frags and sell them.

    I traded a lot of nice gsp to the lfs for store credit
     
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    Tabasco1 Valuable Member

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    Thanks! But really?? It needs pulled that frequently?
     
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    Some times yes it does. My island has given up and started to branch.
     
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    Depends on how much growth you get. In the right circumstance I could see it. Mine has more then doubled in size in a month but only started about 1.5 inches in size
     
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    It will start to grow on the sand
     
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    Thanks for the input! Sounds like yes, will be contained ... with the caveat that you will need to trim it back. I'll probably give it a go. I like the look of it contained. Kind of like a little lawn.
     
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    I bought a nice sized colony and sat it on the sandbed and have had zero problems with it trying to spread. It has filled out though. So now I have a gsp bush in the middle of the tank. Enjoy!
     
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    GSP wants to be an acro stick lol
     
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    I have mine on my bare bottom it hasn't got to any rocks yet but when it gets close I will just use a straight razor to trim it back
     
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    Mine is in a corner that's starting to spread to the back glass, which I don't mind. But when it starts to branch out to the main rockscape a few inches away is when I break out the scalpel and cut it back.
     
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