Fragging and transporting soft corals without mounting on frag plugs?

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  1. RocketRooster

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    Hi guys,

    Needs some help from the experts, please. How does one go about fragging corals (ie zoas or polyps)?

    I am swapping my Coris for a bunch of polyps and things from @Jayte, but I need to know how he would need to go about doing this. Can he just snip off bits and drop them in a bag with water for transportation without placing on plugs first, or how?

    How much needs to be snipped? Do you need the "root" of the polyp with some substrate as well or what?

    Will I need to mount them on frag plugs for them to get started in my tank, or can I just place them in a "quiet" area and hope for the best?

    Thanks in advance!
    Riaan
     
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    Thanks Keith!

    I got until saturday! :)
     
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    Whoah, not to be a moaning minny, but that web site is terrible. I'm sure it's got good info but how do I find anything on there?


    Edit: Never mind, I found the main menu! :)
     
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    I'm getting 404 errors on all the links regarding propagation techniques :(
     
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    Try to find a few loose ones to transfer to a frag plug. Cut off under them with sharp blade. Have to be quick when putting them on plug as superglue dries fast. Just remember gloves and goggles. Some people also chizel into the rock they are on a bit to remove them.
     
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    Sometimes they are so loose they come off with a bump, in which case should be fine to put them straight into a bag with water.
     
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    Thanks Hails! So it won't be necessary to plug them prior to transport? It's okay if they just float around?
     
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    If you can get them whole by them being loose or scraping under them into rock its fine, then the person receiving them would just glue them wherever he/she pleases, but if you scrape the bottom of the zoas it's safest to glue them down to close off the scraped area. Just be very careful to avoid any contact with your eyes/wounds as they are poisonous.
     
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    yes you dont need to mount them befor transport.
    Ideally you want a piece with atleast 4/5 heads on it.
    Once you get home you can try mount them with glue but they might not hold so put some netting over them, you can use the bag oranges come in for this.
     
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    Thanks! I got some plastic nylon netting I can use for that. Like bridal veil but coarser.
     
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    Perfect.

    ps cut them in the water if possible else if its in the open wear goggles and ofcourse gloves.
     
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