Need help fragging Oxypora Lacera

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  1. cybervic

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    Hi, can anyone please point me in the right direction on how to frag an Oxypora Lacera?

    Thanks
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    maybe ivan can help out here
     
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    I`m not familiar with that coral, is it an lps?, having `pora` on the end tends to mean sps tho and if so treat it as the others
     
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    This is the coral I want to frag. Sorry for the bad photo. I'll pop my underwater housing on my camera try to get a better shot. The diameter of the coral is +-15cm
     
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    Sorry pal wish I could help, but I know if u come to the IMACSA event u will probably be fragging corals for the rest of your life.
     
  7. cybervic

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    Please don't make it harder on me that it already is. I've had everything coverd to attend IMACSA and then a few things went wrong ... now the total cost of attending, travelling and accomodation is just too much.

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    put a chissel in the centre and hit it with a hammer :lol:
     
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    Thanks mekaeel. Not something i have done before, as I am really not into lps.

    The best technique would be to use a dremmel to cut the underside of the coral, and a scalpel to cut through the fles. Just ensure that each frag contains at least some polyps, as this coral is a heavy feeder. A slow grower, so don't expect the recovery and growth rate you can with acroporiids.
    Be very careful to damage too much of the flesh on this coral, (hence the scalpel) as unlike euphyllia sp., you have to cut through living tissues.

    Feeding regularly will speed up growth and colouration.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    so basically,turn the coral upside down and then cut?you think it will be a good idea to place it in some cloth so no tissue damage on the tissue ivan?
     
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    Thanks I'll have a look at that. I'll maybe 1st determine the growth rate of this coral in my tank and then look at fragging again. Will properly measure it and then do regular feedings for 3 months and measuring it every 2 weeks.

    I have an open brain I wish to frag too. It already formed a new mouth and is about twice the size of what it was when I bought it 15 months ago.
     
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    what you feeding your LPS cybervic?
     
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    Cyclopeeze and my own home made frozen foods. The frozen food consists out of the following

    1. Mixed seafood from atlantic seafoods (no crabstics)
    2. 1 packet of frozen Mysid shrimp
    3. 1 packet of frozen brine shrimp
    4. 1 sheet of woolworths nori
    5. a pinch of fresh garlic
    6. Omega one veggie flakes
    7. Omega one garlic pellets

    all blended together and frozen as a thin paste in sandwich bags.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    do you target feed cybervic?
     
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    Of course :razz: I ensure that every last bit of juicy fillet steak reach my tummy via my mount


    On a more serious note. I don't actually target feed as such. I turn off the pumps and then drop bits of food over all my corals. My fish do get some of the food but so does the corals. Atm I'm doing what I consider overfeeding to raise the nitrate levels in my tank to state where I can detect them (Flame guard on) I've found that nitrates is the limiting component in my setup (not scientiffically(spelling) but some common sense en 'n paar toetse :p)

    Wikus
     
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    Did you have any luck in fragging this coral?
     
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    cybervic Thread Starter

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    I decided to wait a bit first. I'll be fragging it in the next month or 2. (s%%t scared to do so :p)
     
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