Make your own frag plugs

Discussion in 'Fragging Corals' started by Zookeeper, 11 Jan 2008.

  1. Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae69e862f.jpg
    For those of you that want to frag your coral ,here is a easy way to make some super plugs.
     
    SHAYNE and Mike like this.
  2. Guest




  3. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae6a2be7a.jpg
    I use the polly box that my LFS packs my fish and coral in.Fill it with some clean white sand .The sand should be nice and damp.
     
  4. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae6a473ee.jpg
    Choose a bottle top for the first impression.This will form the top of the plug.
     
    Last edited: 12 Jan 2008
  5. mandarinman

    mandarinman

    Joined:
    18 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    6,377
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    capetown,durbanville
    the rest of the story? they do look good so give us the rest of the method please
     
  6. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae6a62974.jpg
    Now print your plugs in the wet sand.If you press deeper then you get a thicker plug so play around a bit to find the right depth.
     
  7. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae6a0e9c9.jpg
    People often mount the plugs using this method ,so we need to make a nice stem for our plug ,making sure it will fit through the holes in the plastic grating.
     
  8. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787ae6a9750f.jpg
    When I did this the first time I simply used a plastic pen to make the hole for the stem.
     
  9. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af37b956a.jpg
    To make sure all my plugs are the same I made this simple tool.
     
    Reef Maniac likes this.
  10. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af37d5a81.jpg
    So now I can produce the plugs much quicker and they are all the same size.
     
  11. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af37ee10a.jpg
    So now we have our mould.The next step is our cement mix.I use the white cement that the hardware stores sell.
     
  12. mandarinman

    mandarinman

    Joined:
    18 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    6,377
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    capetown,durbanville
    plug mixture?, ingenious tho
     
  13. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    29 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    5,274
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    KZN
    How safe is the cement, I know if you use it to make rock you have to let it cure for 2 to 3 months or something like that.
     
  14. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af38115c2.jpg
    I use a 3 part sand one part white cement mix.
     
  15. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af382ac04.jpg
    The trick is to make the mix very watery so that it runs to the bottom of our mould.
     
  16. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af3857aa2.jpg
    All you do now is give them a good soak in a bucket of fresh water.Change the water a few times and the plugs are ready to use.
     
  17. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af38981c9.jpg
    There you go ,what more could you ask for in a frag plug.
     
  18. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    24,226
    Likes Received:
    128
    Location:
    Point Waterfront Durban
    very cool DIY Zookeeper!
     
  19. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af3882a20.jpg
    Well this is the best part.As long as you do not add to much cement to the mix you can snap the head off when your ready to mount the frag in your display tank.
     
  20. OP
    Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    465
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cape Town
    2334787af562bfd3.jpg
    In just a few weeks you can not even see the plug any more as the coral encrusts the plug.I feel that the plug gives the coral a very attractive round base.
     
  21. nakoma

    nakoma

    Joined:
    16 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    1,010
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Richards bay
    very nice zookeeper like this and will use it well planing on getting some of this done when i have meoved and gotten my new life sorted
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - frag plugs Forum Date
[wtd] Frag Plugs. Wanted 31 May 2017
Perfect Plugs for sale ( Frag plugs ) Sponsor Specials 20 Nov 2015
[wtd] Frag plugs wanted Wanted 21 Oct 2014
[wtd] Coral Frag Tray and Frag Plugs Wanted 26 Jul 2013
The problem with frag plugs... Fragging Corals 16 Jan 2013
Fragging and transporting soft corals without mounting on frag plugs? Fragging Corals 16 Jan 2013
Frag Plugs ► Sponsor Request Forum 28 Jun 2012