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coachfraley
05-06-2009, 03:26 AM
So I decided to frag up my "german blue" digitata today. Here are some pics of the operation:

Tools:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fraggingtools.jpg

Coral that I am fragging:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/gbdmothercolony.jpg

Sniped frags, then superglued to plugs:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/dryingfrags.jpg

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 03:28 AM
Dropped onto frag rack:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fragsonrack.jpg

http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fragsonrack1.jpg

Clipped Mother Colony:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/clippedmothercolony.jpg

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 03:30 AM
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fragsonrack2.jpg

Next time, I will make sure to soak the plugs overnight before I use them. There is quite a bit of air trapped in the plugs, and it creates bubbles that go into the super glue gel.

Miltonic
05-06-2009, 03:37 AM
Why would you frag such a beautiful Digi? :p

anyways, I need get myself some of those clippers because I want to frag my orange Digi. maybe we can trade when I do :hmm3grin2orange:

Gayle
05-06-2009, 03:56 AM
Now this a cool thread! I have never seen this done!! Rock on!

Algenco
05-06-2009, 04:03 AM
Well done Coach thumbs2:

DrNic
05-06-2009, 05:21 AM
That's awesome! I've always wanted to try saltwater. Hopefully after we move.

How long will it take the original colony to recover? How long until you can do something with the frags?

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 05:49 AM
Milt, the clippers are a must! They are so sharp, they can cut through any coral. FWIW, I actually like the orange and green digi's more than this one.

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Nic, this is a very fast growing variety of coral. The mother colony should be healed up in a week or two. I imagine that the frags will take about 3-4 weeks to grow out onto the plugs (encrust). Once they are bonded to the plugs, I will sell them and frag something else. I think my birdsnest will be next on the chopping block.

ILuvMyGoldBarb
05-06-2009, 11:14 AM
Great job coach. Fraging is a wonderful way to support this addiction.... ahem... I mean hobby.:11:

labnjab
05-06-2009, 11:15 AM
Nice looking spsthumbs2:

oldhead
05-06-2009, 01:17 PM
So when can I expect mine in the mail?? lol j/k. Nice job with that and a very pretty coral also. I need to grab one of those frag racks for my tank.

labnjab
05-06-2009, 02:03 PM
BTW, where did you get that frag rack. I was thinking of getting something like that, or gluing a piece of egg crate to a magnafloat

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 03:23 PM
I looked around, and this frag rack appeared to be the best looking, and it has strong magnets (that will hold through my 1/2" acrylic).

You can order one here blackrockreef.com (http://www.blackrockreef.com/products-3.html). The shipping is included in the price.

There are plenty of less expensive ones around too. I saw some that looked ok on ebay.

Wild Turkey
05-06-2009, 03:29 PM
Cool thread coach and great pictures, good luck with the sales!

coachfraley
05-06-2009, 03:36 PM
Thanks WT!

Oldhead...the frags are in the mail, lol.

Coco4Pr3z
05-13-2009, 01:10 AM
Now this a cool thread! I have never seen this done!! Rock on!


Same here. That's a great looking coral.

oldhead
05-13-2009, 02:23 AM
Thanks WT!

Oldhead...the frags are in the mail, lol.


I'm holding my breath! :hmm3grin2orange:

Gayle
05-13-2009, 02:23 AM
I know it has not been very long, but what do they look like now? Did they get any bigger? Post more pics!!!

coachfraley
05-13-2009, 03:37 AM
Ok, here is an update with comparison photos:

Before (fragging day):
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/clippedmothercolony.jpg

Now. The cuts are all healed up. I think it is all ready growing again. That zoa frag beneath it is like tumbleweed. It is attached to a snail shell and just gets bumped around my tank.
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/mothercolonyhealed.jpg

Here are the frags on fragging day:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fragsonrack.jpg

Now. A direct comparison is a little tough because I moved them around on the rack.
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/fragging/fragsonrackupdate.jpg

coachfraley
05-13-2009, 03:38 AM
Had to throw this in too:

I took this picture today:
http://www.cshm.org/images/fraley/newerclown.jpg

Gayle
05-13-2009, 03:42 AM
Cool! TY for the update!! They are looking great!! LOL Your fishy there is adorable!