Fragging 101?

aquasena1

New member
After spending several hours supergluing my fingers together I managed to get a few Zoa frags that look like I wanted them to look. I know there is a wealth of knowlege amongst the members of this forum. With CRAZE coming I'm trying to get enough frags to rent a small table. [Gotta have some extra $ so I can buy some new treasures.] I'm hoping there are other newbies who are also motivated to start fragging. With your help, I'd like to put together a how-to on fragging. I've searched Google and Reef Central and not found anything comprehensive or easy to access. Below is a basic start. Please add or edit anything incorrect.


Fragging Soft Corals 101

Supplies and Tools
*Safety glasses
*Gloves
*Baby powder or cornstarch (make gloves easier to slip on damp hands)
*Sharp knife or scalpel
*Super Glue (gel preferred)
*Frag plugs, rubble rock, small shells, etc.
*Wedding veil, fishing line, etc.

Safety

*Some corals contain lethal toxins. Always use gloves and eye protection when fragging. Use a full face shield when cutting Zoanthids and Palys
*Super Glue should be used in a well ventilated area
*Keep Super Glue off skin

General Techniques

Techniques - Polyps

Techniques - Stalk Corals

Techniques - Sea Mat Corals

Techniques - Mushrooms

Techniques - Ricordias

Techniques - Leathers
 

Travis L. Stevens

New member
Good idea. We had something similar to this working on MyCOMAS and I have a few articles "in the works". On the other hand, Reefkeeping Magazine has a few good articles about fragging:

Frag of the Month: Propagation of Xenia sp by Agu Lukk
Frag of the Month: Propagation of Anchor and Brain Corals by Greg Hiller
Frag of the Month: Propagation of Colt and Organ Pipe Corals by Greg Hiller
Frag of the Month: Propagation of Small-Polyped Stony Corals by Greg Hiller
Frag of the Month: Propagating Fungia sp. (Plate coral) by Greg Hiller
Frag of the Month: Propagating Euphyllia sp. (Frogspawn) by Agu Lukk
Frag of the Month: Gorgonian Propagation Techniques by Greg Hiller
Frag of the Month: Fragmenting a Green Tree Coral by Greg Hiller
Fragging Log: Bubble Coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) by Travis Stevens
SPS Propagation (Acropora species) by VCoo71 (Charlie)and Saltysooner (Lori).
...and the mother lode of articles...
Frag Outpost
 

mskohl

Active member
Travis, don't you have an article about this on the website?

Also, each of the donor corals has information about the best way to frag it. You might look there for tips.

Couldn't find the one by Travis, but here is the one on our website for sps corals:
http://www.mycomas.com/content/view/65/87/
 

Travis L. Stevens

New member
Not yet. It's still in the works. I have all the pictures ready and in place, but I haven't put the filler text in yet. Had the August presentation to do :D
 
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