How to remove a ricordea?

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  1. Evo R

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    Hi all:

    My ric and mushroom is touching and it looks like they are stinging each other becauase there where they are touching it looks like white burn marks and little misformed on both.

    So how do/can i relocate the ric because because there is 3 other mushrooms around it.
     
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    If you can take the rock out the tank, place I flat screwdriver into the rock and try break a piece of the rock off under the ric, so then the ric should come off with a piece of rock still attached to its foot.
     
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    Google it, but you can cut them and they should grow back and you will get 2 "new" rics in a few weeks (if you cut it in half) once healed and where it was cut off should grow a new one! just make sure that the cut is done right...something to do with the mouth!
     
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    I think he is trying to get the ric off the rock and not make more.
     
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    Use the back of a teaspoon to gently pry the ric off the rock without damaging the foot too much. Or you could use Manic's idea of breaking it off with a piece of rock attached to it's foot which would be better. If you want to frag it then you'll have to cut it in half through the mouth.
     
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    Another option is to direct strong flow directly at the base of the ric... Not sure how well this works tho? Anyone tried?
     
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    thanks for all the advice so far!Well breaking the rock is not really a opsion because chances are good the mushroom will break of with the ric then we are back to sqaure one.I did not plan to frag but if i can then that would be great!
     
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    Try the strong flow first. Powerhead or something.
     
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    That could work.Maybe irratiat it enough so the it would want to "walk" and then remove it.

    Thanks guys
     
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    if you get the ric off the rock using flow that would be the best time to frag it!!!
    Seize the opportunity! ;-)
     
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    Don't try the strong flow thing, it may kill the ric, I tried it and it didn't work. Rather cover the ric so it doesn't get any light, then it will come off the rock.
     
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    Excellent idea manic!
     
  14. Gawiedj

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    Evo have a look at these pics.
    Here i am using a teaspoon to remove a Ric from a piece of LR.

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    End result

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    Same thing except this is a mushroom

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    result

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    note the small teaspoon.
    I tried the powerhead method and the ric eventually let go during the night, never to be found again...
    Hope it helps.
     
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    That looks fairly easy to do.Thanks for the pics they will help alot.And once ive done it like you did.....do i just cut it in the middle to frag it?And what can i mount them on?and how/what is the best/simplist way to do it??
     
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    Hope these help ;) I prefer to cut the rics into two pieces instead of four. The survival rate is much better and it is easier to handle half a ric than 1/4.

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    This is the "bridal Veil" method. I wrap the ric and LR I want it to attach to in a piece of netting.

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    About 2 weeks later with the netting removed.

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    Rics are pretty tough, just make sure you get a good section of the mouth on each frag.
     
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    that looks awsome will def try that.Will be carefull seeing as i only have one ric wich came with LR that was out of water and couriered for two days and it still made it.

    If possible can you give me a list of everything that i will need to do this properly.
     
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    Yo Gawie! Tell me dude, is it a must to have "Muscle Fuel" before removing a Ric? :lol:

    P.s. Excellent demo ;)
     
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    Well it takes a lot of muscle to get it off the rock;)
     
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    Hi guys

    I dont have photos to back my experience, but i have fragged miniature sections from my rics before (not cut them through the centre of the mouth). I would then put them in a net under light or in an area with no flow so they couldnt blow around. Within 2 weeks that tiny section would have grown a mini mouth and a few months later it is a fully formed sizeable leaf!? I have done it with Ricordia Yumas and Floridias.

    This has worked every time for me. Rics are strong little b#ggers. I have even dropped one in my Skimate overflow by accident once while relocating some live rock. I then took some time to sift through the mess to find it. Washed it off with saltwater and put it back in the tank and he's big and strong now! haha
     
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