This question is a modified version of my earlier question, where I will clarify some of my worldbuilding.
In my world, merpeople are capable of manipulating coral by making it grow at a faster rate than it would normally, as well as manipulate it to grow into a desired shape, as well as making it hardier and more resistant to parasites and wear. They use this ability for harvesting coral to make tools and jewelry. The process involves ensorcelling one coral (not the entire reef) so it grows faster than usual for a set amount of time. After it has reached the desired shape and size magic is used so that it starts growing at the normal rate.
I imagine that the coral grows from drawing upon magic as an extra energy source, and the magic makes nutrients and calcium more available for the corals.
I would want to know if its possible for the merfolk to use this ability responsibly, in a way that doesn't result in ecological disaster for the rest of the environment. Could that be achieved by only using it sparingly, and only making the coral grow only slightly faster than usual for a short period of time?