Fraggin it...

Discussion in 'Fragging Corals' started by Jaak, 18 Sep 2008.

  1. Jaak

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    So, Myself and gawiedj has decided to take a venture into the world of fragging corals. And in particular, softies. :thumbup: We both have a huge interest in this and we've researched this like you can't believe, exchanging theories almost on a daily basis! I think between the 2 of us we must've covered every website and watched almost every video available...:p
    We've identified some mushrooms and some ricordea's that we'd like to attemp with this coming weekend (all the bulletproof ones:razz: ). Zookeeper was kind enough to offer some of his brown mushrooms for this experiment. We have all the tools ready, the setup is ready, etc, etc... I just don't know if i'll make it till Saturday cause i'm so excited.
    We'll take pics of the process all the way and post them afterwards.
    Here's one of them:


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    And I'm still thinking about some of these:
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    Anyways, all input is welcome!!:wave2:
     
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  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Best of luck to both of you, although you won't really need it, the guys in the states put their mushrooms into blenders to frag them....seriously!

    Just a nice clean, smooth and very sharp blade and you're good to go, slice and dice them. A good idea is to use an ice cream tube filled with small bits of live rock as a substrate or large crushed coral, put the tub in your tank in a low flow area so that the frags don't get blown around, this will allow them to attach themselves much more easily.
     
  4. Jaak

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    I've seen some of this somewhere and it's shocking!
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Go to the chemist and get a scalpel and some blades, maybe ware some rubber gloves.
     
  6. Nosaj

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    All Good advice!!!!Next to no time U gonna be fragging on a large scale ;) its exciting stuff!!
     
  7. ben lloyd

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    Jaak you must send step by step PIC for us that want to do the some but is :001_unsure: to cut our favored mushroom in pisces
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    As promised step by step pics.
    This is our first attempt so this is by no means a definitive guide to fragging mushrooms / rics.

    First off the tools:

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    First Off some Mushrooms Zookeeper Donated. (Jaak in action)
    We removed the mushrooms from the rock.

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    Off the Rock. (Very Slimy)
    Note the High Tech tool used for removing mushrooms from the rock.

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    No Fear

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    :whistling: done. After cutting we rinsed the pieces in clean salt water and put in a container with crushed coral / rock.

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    OK Next up Chopping a ric (Me wielding the scalpel)

    Pretty :whistling:

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    Getting it off the shell.

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    Here's a pic of the foot area. Lucky me there's two pieces of rock stuck to the foot. I will now be able to glue the frags to some rock pieces.

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    On the chopping block.

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    I cut the ric into two pieces. Glued to the rock
    After about 30min

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    Now we started it. Lets see pics of other people doing it.
     
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    blady cool man, can't wait for pics after a week
     
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    Great work guys, thanks for posting such clear pics.How did those first few cuts feel.
     
  11. Gawiedj

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    @ Zookeeper: ;) Pretty freaky, oh yes thanks for the mushrooms :thumbup:
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Excellent thread guys, well done on your first fragging session :thumbup:
     
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    well done guys, afraid of doing my own frags too, but dont really have much that i can frag now, will wait until i get some frogspawn or something, pin cushion still too small:)
     
  14. Jaak

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    Thanks everyone!! It was great fun. That ric gawiedj cut in half freaked me out at how quickly it started it's healing process!!!
     
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    Good job guys, make enough ricordias for when my next tank is set up and cycled :whistling:

    I'm thinking of putting a lot of those in, love all the different colours ;)
     
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    Very nicely done. Coral propagation is the only future for these beautiful creatures
     
  17. ben lloyd

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    well well it was so easy!! thanks guys this is the future for reefing just frag it and you got lots.
     
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    Did you steal your wifes bread board :p

    Excellent fragging demo, thanks for sharing :)
     
  19. Gawiedj

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    Nope, that is my cutting board, the wife does not cook...
     
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    Nice work guys!!!did you use super glue to glue it to the rock? Iv used glue before but only had good survival on hard corals that way..The softies didnt seem to like glue..The Bridal veil or stocking method seemed to work much better....? Keep us informed on the process..
     
  21. Gawiedj

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    Cool, thanks for the tip Nosaj.

    Update after 1 day on the rics
    This pic could be better but the angle is a bit awkward.

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    the other half

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    I'll try and update it regularly so we everybody can see the progress.
     
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