Help fragging gone wrong!!!

Discussion in 'Fragging Corals' started by Mc, 11 Oct 2011.

  1. Mc

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    I tried to frag a torch coral today as my first attempt at fragging a hard coral.
    It had one head that was seperate from the rest, and I though it would be easy enough. I cut about 80% of the way through the stem, and then my blade couldn't get any further so I tried to snap it, but the whole head broke appart .:(
    I have stuck the pieces to the rock, but they don't look so good, will try post a pic later. Just wondering if this has happened to anyone, and if its possible it will make it, and if theres anything I can do?
     
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  3. Evo R

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    Is this in your DT , sump or frag tank? Maybe run some carbon for a couple of days.
    And have some water ready incase you need to do a water change incase there is excessive die-off.
     
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    Why were you trying to frag it?
     
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    Thanks will run carbon for a few days. Its in the DT.
     
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    Think picture will determine the extend of damage...I copied and pasted a section..they do mention the "damaging" of the Coral by accident, but unfortunately nothing else...

    Beginners guide to fragging corals - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    These can be one of the easiest corals to frag. The individual heads are on their own skeleton, so it is just a matter of cutting the heads off below the living tissue on the coral skeleton. Depending on the thickness of the skeleton you may be able to simply snap off a piece, use coral shears or use a saw or Dremel to cut through the skeleton. For thicker skeletons like on the hammer corals I will be using I prefer to use a Dremel with a diamond bit cutting tool. I also tend to shy away from the snapping methods as it can sometimes damage the coral polyps.
     
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    To give to someone who has given me aot of frags.
     
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    mm its a tricky one to comment on without a pic to reference, but if infection is avoided it hs a chance.. did you dip the pieces in iodine? if not you may want to do so to assist in warding off infection..
     
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    Have not dipped it, also don't have any iodine. Any kind you would reccomend, something like lugols?
     
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    im sure lugols will be fine.. can anyone else confirm.. i use the basic iodine additive to dip...
     
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    you can use normal iodine, take some tank water out, and add about 10ml iodine, soak for about a minute then remove back to main tank and discard old water.

    without pics its sailing blind
     
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    Lugols will be fine.
    What blade were you using? Rather use a dremel or wire cutters to frag hard corals.
    A pic of the coral will help.
     
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    This is it basically 4 pieces stuck with some putty on a rock.
    I cut it with a hacksaw blade not that that matters now.
    The polyps have come out a bit im hoping this is a good sign.
    Also good news is the origanal coral is looking ok.


    Its a bit hard to see what going on.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Oh my word what a massacre! :p

    Sorry mate, the best you can do is dip it and keep it in a fairly low flow area. Chances are extremely low that it will pull through tho.
     
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    In the future, using a dremel is by far the best, otherwise clippers or very delicate sawing! Also, perhaps try cutting a bit further down, just to be sure you dont get any living flesh when you cut.
    Having someone with experience show you the first time is also a great help.
     
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    buddy, my suggestion is to glue the 4 pieces to 4 seperate rocks/plugs. that way if one gets infected it may not transfer to the others.. and at least you may save one...
     
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    They are glued solid I think trying to take them apart again may just damage them further.
     
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    well keep it in mind for next time :)
     
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    I had the same happen to me...a few years back
    mine pulled through so good luck dude
    sometimes corals are tougher than one would expect
    so hold thumbs
     
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    is this the fine grape u got from paul in centerion ?
     
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