• Coral Propagation - A Beginners Guide

    Here's a small guide that I made a few years back (2009 to be exact). Excuse the shoddy pics - camera was k@k in those days

    Mushrooms - Discosoma - Can Also apply to Ricordea's


    You will need:


    Cutting surface (I had some spare granite lying around)
    3 x water containers
    Some orange bag
    Scalpel or Stanley blade (If you can, rather get a scalpel)
    Gloves
    Eyewear (Yes, Im serious - these corals squirt)
    Fishing line or elastics
    Frag plugs ( LR rubble,coral skeletons etc)
    Towels (Reefers always need towels)

    Some Pics:

    I wear glasses, so that takes care of eyewear - although Im going to buy a full face splash mask

    Water Containers - 1st to hold the mothers, 2nd to hold frag plugs and completed frags, 3rd to quick set glue and dunking the frags.








    Fragging

    Take the mother colony and place it on your cutting surface.

    Cut the mushroom into 4 parts (I prefer to cut the shroom on the rock so that it doesnt slip and slide all over the place)

    Using your blade, scrape the mushroom off the rock whilst keeping a thin layer of LR from underneath the mushroom, ensuring that the whole foot comes off the rock (if it doesnt - dont worry, a new shroom will grow there)

    Mushroom off the rock - you can see the thin layer of LR - Sorry for the bad pic, its hell to take photos on granite


    Then, separate the mushrooms into 4 parts



    Mounting

    Take however many mushroom parts that you would like per rock and place them right side up on the plug.


    Cut a small square of the Orange bag and wrap it around the rock, making sure that the shrooms cant get free.

    Use the elastic or fishing line to keep the orange bag from floating off the plugs.

    Give the completed frag a quick rinse and then pop back into the frag holding bucket until you have finished fragging.

    Comments 8 Comments
    1. poiromaniax's Avatar
      poiromaniax -
      Zoa's, carpet polyps, colonial polyps, palys - Zoanthid sp

      CAUTION - THESE CORALS ARE TOXIC, PLEASE USE THE UTMOST CARE THAT THE SLIME OR POLYP DOES NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH AN OPEN WOUND OR BECOME INGESTED

      https://www.bluezooaquatics.com/resources.asp?show=16
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palytoxin

      Some old pics of the mother colony that I fragged



      You will need:

      Cutting surface (I had some spare granite lying around)
      3 x water containers
      Scalpel or Stanley blade (If you can, rather get a scalpel)
      Gloves
      Eyewear (Yes, Im serious - these corals squirt)
      Frag plugs (LR rubble,coral skeletons etc)
      Towels
      Suitable SuperGlue Gel (2 Little Fishies Corrafix, Ecotech Coral Glue etc)


      Fragging

      Take the mother colony and place it on your cutting surface.


      Using your blade, scrape the zoas off the rock whilst keeping a thin layer of LR from underneath the polyps, be very careful to not cut the polyps.

      Slice the mat to detach the frag from the mother colony.

      Mounting

      Take a piece of the zoas that you cut and spread superglue evenly on the thin piece of LR underneath.

      Push the Zoas firmly onto the frag plugs. Dunk the corals to quickset the glue (superglue dries "hot", so cooling it down while it sets helps)

      Place the completed frag back into your holding container until youre done fragging.

      Frags a day later
    1. poiromaniax's Avatar
      poiromaniax -
      Green Star Polyps, GSP - Pachyclavularia sp

      Mother Colony minutes before surgery


      You will need:

      Cutting surface
      3 x water containers (1 for mother colony, 1 for holding frags/ plugs, 1 for quicksetting glue)
      Scalpel or Stanley blade (If you can, rather get a scalpel for precision, but stanley blade works just as well)
      Gloves
      Frag plugs (LR rubble,coral skeletons,coral cradles etc)
      Towels
      Suitable SuperGlue Gel

      Fragging

      This is to date, the easiest coral I have fragged. Much easier than even Zoanthids, and with less of a risk

      Start by placing the mother colony on your cutting surface:


      Using the blade, carefully slice the mat , being careful not to cut the polyps.
      Slowly pry the mat off the LR, it comes off quite easily. You can even slowly peel it off the rock with your fingers.

      Once you have peeled off the amount that you are happy with, Simply slice the mat to seperate mother and daughter.


      Place the GSP frags in your holding container while you continue fragging.

      GSP frag already showing PE after cutting!


      Mounting

      Take your frag plugs and spread superglue evenly on the area where the GSP will go,
      take your GSP slice and firmly press it down into the glue.

      Place the completed frag in your 'glue setting container' for about 60sec

      Place your frag back in the holding container until you are done.
    1. poiromaniax's Avatar
      poiromaniax -
      @phat - sticky?
    1. MistaOrange's Avatar
      MistaOrange -
      @WarrenElvis article
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      phat -
      and an article and some rep and some points for you
    1. mrgert's Avatar
      mrgert -
      Nice guide on how to.....will help alot....
    1. poiromaniax's Avatar
      poiromaniax -
      Thanks all, hope it will help some people.

      Hopefully with time I will add to it (Sinularia, Pin Cushion etc)
    1. MistaOrange's Avatar
      MistaOrange -
      Quote Originally Posted by poiromaniax View Post
      Thanks all, hope it will help some people.

      Hopefully with time I will add to it (Sinularia, Pin Cushion etc)
      @mariusmeyer did an article on fragging leathers...
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