Make your own frag plugs

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    For those of you that want to frag your coral ,here is a easy way to make some super plugs.
     
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    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.
     
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    Choose a bottle top for the first impression.This will form the top of the plug.
     
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    the rest of the story? they do look good so give us the rest of the method please
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    When I did this the first time I simply used a plastic pen to make the hole for the stem.
     
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    To make sure all my plugs are the same I made this simple tool.
     
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    So now I can produce the plugs much quicker and they are all the same size.
     
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    So now we have our mould.The next step is our cement mix.I use the white cement that the hardware stores sell.
     
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    plug mixture?, ingenious tho
     
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    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.
     
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    I use a 3 part sand one part white cement mix.
     
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    The trick is to make the mix very watery so that it runs to the bottom of our mould.
     
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    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.
     
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    There you go ,what more could you ask for in a frag plug.
     
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    very cool DIY Zookeeper!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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