Green star polyps have been steadily increasing in popularity in recent months going from strength to strength and showing so nights of slowing down.
Due to this, we have noticed a number of people reaching out to ask about caring for green star polyps in their aquarium tank recently so we have decided to answer as many of these questions as possible.
We already covered green star polyps drying and since publishing that article, we have noticed more and more people asking about using their green star polyps on the back wall of their tank.
Although the process can be surprisingly easy, we have noticed a number of people having issues when trying to wall mount their green star polyps so we wanted to publish this article going over the topic.
Our hope is that we are going to be able to help as many of our readers as possible successfully mount their green star polyps to their back wall in their tank and have it grow and thrive.
Can You Mount Green Star Polyps To A Wall?
The first question we wanted to answer is whether or not you can mount green star polyps to a wall.
Just like with any other type of coral, it is possible to physically attach green star polyps to the back wall of your aquarium tank using either fishing line, rubber bands, or zip ties but this is not ideal and is one of the main reasons that people have problems.
In our opinion, you should always use an aquarium safe glue when looking to mount your green star polyps to the ball wall of your tank.
When done in this way, there is minimal pressure to the flesh of your green star polyps resulting in fewer issues allowing your green star polyps to focus on growing.
So yes, when done correctly, you can most definitely use green star polyps in your aquarium with minimal issues.
How Do You Mount Green Star Polyps To A Wall?
Now that we have answered the question of whether or not you can mount green star polyps to a wall, it is time to answer the next logical question which is how do you mount green star polyps to a wall?
The process is actually pretty simple and does not require any special equipment but there are still a few things you need to take into consideration to ensure that your green star polyps mount properly.
To start, you will need to find an area of your aquarium tank that gets a good amount of light but is not in direct sunlight as this can damage your green star polyps.
Although your green star polyps can work in other ways, it is generally better for rapid growth of your green star polyps to mount it towards the bottom of your back wall if possible.
This helps to take advantage of the green star polyps wanting to grow towards the light that is generally at the top of your aquarium.
In most cases, you will find that your green star polyps will grow much quicker in an upper and outward direction rather than downward.
You will then want to take your green star polyps and glue it to the back wall of your tank in the chosen spot using an aquarium safe glue.
It is much easier to glue your green star polyps in place on your back wall if you clean the area first and remove any algae build up or anything else that is on there.
This only takes a couple of seconds to do usually but it really does make the whole process of mounting your green star polyps in place much easier in the long run.
As we touched on earlier in the article, be sure to only apply glue to the fleshy part of the coral and you really don’t need to add much glue when mounting your green star polyps to the back wall of your aquarium.
Some people will try to mount their green star polyps to a mounting plate and then glue the mounting plate to the back wall of their aquarium with this offering a slightly easier alternative.
Once your green star polyps has been successfully mounted in place you just go into your standard monitor and care route to help the green star polyps grow and cover the back wall of your aquarium tank as quickly as possible.
How Long Does It Take For Green Star Polyps To Spread?
The growth rate of your green star polyps really depends on a variety of factors such as the size and health of your green star polyps when you initially mounted it to the back wall, the quality of water in your aquarium tank, and how much light your green star polyps is getting.
In general however, most people find that their green star polyps will start to spread and grow fairly quickly with some people seeing results within a week or two.
In optimized tanks, you can expect between 2.5cm and 5cm of growth on your green star polyps per month but most tanks will usually see less growth than that.
Of course, this is not always the case and it really does depend on the individual coral but you should start to see some growth in your green star polyps within the first month or two after mounting it to the back wall of your aquarium tank.
As we touched on earlier, green star polyps really do benefit from a lot of light and water movement so if you can provide those things for your coral then you will generally see much better results in terms of growth.