How do i move a mushroom coral off a rock?

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  1. Barlan

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    Hi all

    this may wound like a really stupid question, but i dont know how to do it, so i'm going to ask :)

    i have a mushroom coral, that we originally glued to a small piece of rock then submerged into place, because it kept blowing around the tank. Now that we're planning the new tank, i had to make sure moving my corals wasnt going to be too difficult when the time came. seems like the mushroom has moved off the small rock and onto the bigger rock, so how do i get it off this rock without hurting it, so i can move and place it?

    its not a huge mushroom or a colony, so it should be easy to move as one piece, its just getting it off the rock.

    i dont plan on using the old LR in the DT.

    thanks in advance.
     
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    i use a stanley blade and cut into the rock under the foot of the mushroom. you dont need to take much rock.
    this leaves the foot attached to something solid that can later be glued in place easily :)
     
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    Hi furbz

    i'll try that but i dont know if i can cause the rock is pretty hard, not like the softer porous types.

    thanks
     
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    give it a shot,

    you'll be suprised what you can cut through!
     
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    :D will definitely give it a shot in the near future.

    thanks
     
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    I use a small flat tipped screw driver with a comfy plastic handle not the little optical sized screw drivers. Hold the rock down on something outside the tank, put the tip of the screw driver next to the mushroom and wiggle it slowly.It will go into most rock. Do it all the way around untill the base crumbles and the mushroom comes loose. If the rock is super hard cut the mushroom flush with the rock. It will survive. It's just easier to glue with a little bit of rock stuck on it.
     
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    assuming the mushroom will be fine exposed to air?
     
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    Yes, they're quite hardy. It's better to do late at night or very early in the morning after the lights have been off a while. The shroom will be tiny and a little more solid. Makes it easier to remove and work with.
     
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    This is only gonna happen in a few weeks, so i'm just gathering info :)

    so, thanks for all the advice. :thumbup:
     
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    If you don't plan on reusing the rock then just use a old screwdriver and smack it with a hammer to break the rock. This way you don't have to worry about getting it attached again as gluing them does not always work. Just place the small piece with the mushroom where you want it.
     
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    If you have the luxury of time, I have moved mushrooms by putting a frag plug, stone or shell on the base of the foot in the morning when they are closed up. When they open they usually open around the stone and then crawl onto it after a few days. This only works when they are in a spot I can "pin" the rock without it moving for a few days. Also don't cover the whole mushroom, just pin the corner of the foot down.
     
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