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Elegance Coral fragging

Posted By Scott Osborne 4/25/2008 4:59:49 AM
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Scott Osborne
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I've had a very nice Aussie elegance in my system for sometime now. As it seems to be hardy and a loved specimen I would like to frag it and spread it around. I've read the article Steven Pro wrote about fragging and seem to understand it. I am looking for pointers and perhaps a little encouragement that everything will go well if the fragging is properly done.

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Eric Borneman
 Posted 4/25/2008 5:08:33 AM
 

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I use a wetsaw for elegance corals. No big deal. Just fill the reservoir with seawater, turn it on, and cut the coral. Rinse off the carbonate mud produced in a container of seawater and put the coral back in the tank, cut edges in good water flow.

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Scott Osborne
 Posted 4/25/2008 5:10:37 AM
 

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Really that easy?

I was planning to use my tilesaw and stop 2-3cm from the polyp end of the skeleton. Then I was going to cut the actual polyp with a sterile scalpel.

Sound like a plan? Or am I being overly careful?
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 Posted 4/25/2008 7:06:09 AM
 

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It's a noble idea, and I know Anthony and Steven have shown this in their fragging demonstrations. Thing is, you can't see where the polyp base resides within the corallite, and neither the skeleton nor the tissue nor the tank water is sterile, so what's the point of sterility? Just rip it with the saw. It will be fine.

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Reefski
 Posted 5/1/2008 4:26:17 AM
 

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would a tile saw also work for a Plerogyra? i have a specimen that is 12-14" when expanded. it has several mouths.

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Steven Pro
 Posted 5/1/2008 5:07:03 AM
 

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would a tile saw also work for a Plerogyra? i have a specimen that is 12-14" when expanded. it has several mouths.

A tile saw should work for most any stony coral.  The only trouble is in getting a very large piece to pass through the blade completely.  Sometimes I have had to do one side, flip it over, and then do the other side to make a complete cut.


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 Posted 5/1/2008 9:09:17 AM
 

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Can you frag a Scolymia this way? What is the success rate and how fast does it heal?

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Jack

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 Posted 5/2/2008 5:33:50 AM
 

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I have never done a Scolymia.


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Scott Osborne
 Posted 5/3/2008 2:44:32 PM
 

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Ok...I had a volunteer give me a healthy indo elegance for the cutting. I cut it with a sterile scalpel through the polyp. Then I used a diamond wheel to cut through the skeleton. Since i had my tile saw setup on a jobsite for the weekend I just use my 4" grinder for the cut. We irrigated the cut with seawater during the whole process.










I checked back on the coral about an hour after fragging. Things seem to be ok. I will update the thread as the coral either heals or perishes.

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Scott
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 Posted 5/4/2008 7:30:26 AM
 

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Both halves are fully extended and feeding well this morning.

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