» Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Blog, Reef Aquariums | Comments Off on Fragging Made Simple

By Patrick Egan

Frags for sale Clifton, NJ

    Corals for sale Clifton, NJ

Corals for sale Clifton, NJ

* “Fragging” is the act of splicing a mother colony of the cnidarian species; aka asexual reproduction. Reef aquarists utilize fragging as a method to repopulate, and reproduce corals to sell.

Are you suffering from over-stocked tank syndrome? Are your corals beginning to overgrow and battle through passive encroachment? You know what they say, “If corals are touching, they may not be happy”. If this is the case, there can be a solution; Frag Them! Many people think that fragging coral is dangerous, not only for the coral; but for the fragger as well. This may be true, unless you are properly instructed on how to protect the animal and yourself.
First, let me say there are some safety precautions that one should take before “cutting up” coral. It is important to wear latex gloves to protect yourself from coral toxins. Use protective eye wear to protect from any back splash of irritated coral.

With your scissors, trim the outer lobe of the Leather’s head

With your scissors, trim the outer lobe of the Leather’s head

It is possible to frag almost any coral. Depending on the species, you will need different equipment. For soft corals, a pair of surgical scissors, scalpel, or a razor blade will do the job. If you are looking to frag LPS or SPS coral, you will need either coral cutters or a band saw.

Let us start with something simple,
Leather Corals

STEP 1: Remove Leather Coral from the aquarium into a container of aquarium water.
STEP 2: With your scissors, trim the outer lobe of the Leather’s head. Be sure not to cut into the stalk!
STEP 3: Clip the outer lobe into smaller pieces.

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Make an Iodine dip solution

STEP 4: Make an Iodine dip solution to prevent the mother colony and the “Fragments” from getting infections. Dip the mother colony, and fragments for 15 minutes. Once the dip is complete, you can put the mother colony back into the tank within a week you should notice the original cut would begin to heal.
STEP 5: Take small pieces of rubble rock and lightly rubber band the fragment onto the rock. Do not rubber band too tight it will begin to cut into the frag. They should then be placed into the aquarium where there is lower flow. The low flow will prevent the fragments from popping off the rock.
Within a week or so, the Leathers will begin to attach on the rock and you can remove the rubber band. You will now have several clones of the mother colony.

Take small pieces of rubble rock and lightly rubber band the fragment onto the rock

Take small pieces of rubble rock and lightly rubber band the fragment onto the rock

Please call us at the shop 973-365-0200 or stop in and ask us any questions you may have. We do sell frag kits, plugs and equipment.
On the next installment of Fragging Made Simple, we will discuss the procedures of fragging LPS Corals. Stay Tuned!

 

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