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Frags for Sale NJ

Fragging Made Simple Part: 2

By Patrick Egan

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.

On the last installment of “Fragging Made Simple“, we gave detailed instructions and procedures to fragging a leather coral. In this installment, we will discuss the methods to fragging certain LPS corals. Before we start, here are some of the tools one might use to properly frag LPS coral.

Band saw Coral Glue Coral Cutters Frag plugs
Band Saw CoraFfix Coral Cutters Plugs

 
 

Long Pipe Galaxea
LPS Corals, aka “Large Polyp Stony”, come in many different shapes and varieties. Some LPS corals are nearly impossible to frag, however, many species of sclerectenians can be very simple.
Galaxea Frags
 
 
For instance, Galaxia coral has large gaps between coralite heads making it simple to clip individual heads with coral cutters. For larger frags, use your band saw to precisely cut miniature colonies. After cutting or clipping your sections, proceed to use a coral safe glue to attatch the frags onto plugs.
 
Brain Coral
 
 Brain corals on the other hand are more tedious to frag. They have stony ridges between each individual polyp, making it much more difficult to do with a coral cutter. Brain corals also have a very thick and dense skeleton. In order to frag these, you will need a band saw. By using the band saw, it is much easier guide the blade between the ridges to make cleaner cuts.
 
 Brain Coral FraggingBrain Coral Frags

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once you have you have fragged the sections off the mother colony, you can glue them down to a frag plug or some rubble rock. Apply a small amount of glue to the frag plug and place your frag on it. Now dip the frag in some saltwater to let the glue set. It is that simple!
 
Band SawCoraFfixCoral CuttersPlugs
 
 

Within a week, you will begin to see that tissue heal over the cuts. I highly recommend to dose amino acids and vitamins at this stage to accelerate the growth process. As these frags are growing it is important to keep them under the proper lighting and provide them with the right nutrition. Soon you will have hundreds of frags and we will be one-step close to saving our coral reefs.

If you have any questions, feel free stop into Absolutely Fish or call us at (973)-365-0200. We would be more than happy to assist you with any of your aquarium needs!

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