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11 days since my last waterchange I done some more tests and I'm happy to say Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite are all still 0.00  :grin: so I'm going to wait untill this Friday to do a waterchange as I'm going away for 4-5 days on Saturday, also some more good news, my frag plugs arrived so I took 8 frags from two of my Kenya trees and placed them low in the tank where I have the larger coral, I know some of you are interested in some of these frags but as it's the first time I've taken any if you don't mind the wait I'd like to sit on them for a week or two just to make sure they are all recovered and doing OK before sending any out, I would hate to send someone a dying coral

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Reply #196

Had a look at the kenya tree frags this morning and I'm very happy, they are all opened up and look like getting fragged hasn't bothered them, I think I may have 100% success with these ones  :grin:

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Reply #197

OK I need some advice please guys, I came home and some of my Kenya frags have detached from the plugs and all over the tank, do I just reglue them on or should I try something else? Thank you

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Reply #198

To be honest they can build up a mucus on them when they have been dragged that stops the glue always sticking to them. I would say the glue still gonna be most successful of the bonding materials bro just have to persevere with it


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Reply #199

Zoas do the same they’re a bigger for staying on a plug


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Reply #200

Thank you I'll try and get them on again, there all off now but seem to still be doing OK, hopefully they will take this time

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Reply #201

Hi Reefermad, my Kenya trees often drop branches and i just leave them and they always find somewhere to attach be it a bit of rockscape or coral sand. Never had much luck with the glue so leave them them to do what they do in the real world. Once attached to something they are easy to move around. Cheers.

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Reply #202

I drop mine into a tupperware box full of crush coral and rock rubble, same as mushrooms. Place some fine mesh/lace over the top to stop anything picking at them while they attach to something then move to a frag plug.


Alternatively you can apparently use a rubberband to attach them to the frag plug, or even cut a notch into the frag plug and physically jam in the frag with a small amount of plastic, once the coral has attached you can remove the pick
http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/soft-coral/soft-coral-frags-notched-plug-method-31826/#.XeT6j-j7SUk

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Reply #203

Thanks for the tips guys, I've been away for 5 days there and the frags all look like they are doing good just on the sand bed not attached to frag plugs so I think this might be the best way to let them recover fully before sending any out?  I also had the timer for the lights set at 8 hours while I was away and the algae on the rocks is started to get much better now, all my fish corals and inverts  are alive and well and the firefish has also been a lot more active, I tested parameters and all had a nice 0 and a ph of 8.0 so glad to see it hasn't harmed anything by going away  :grin:

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Reply #204

So all of my frags wouldn't stay put on the sand bed and now most of them have attached themselves to a rock and 3 have attached onto a large shell which actually looks pretty cool so I'm quite happy about that, I only have 2 that are able to be removed now so not as many as I'd hoped to be able to send out but whoever wants one is welcome to them, I'm not wanting anything for them just pay postage and they're yours, if anyone has an idea of postage costs and the best way to pack feel free to comment what you recommend, thanks guys

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Reply #205

@Ratvan can probably answer the posting queries. I’m definitely interested in purchasing one


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Reply #206

@Ratvan can probably answer the posting queries. I’m definitely interested in purchasing one


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Morning,

I have two methods that I have tried, one which is damp posting (literally damp paper towel in jiffy bag) in padded envelop with heat pack (this will be where you get stuck) cost me about £2.50 to post. But had issues with each heat pack. I would be tempted to try this way myself.

Alternatively you could post in sample pots, with Styrofoam frag plug holder  this suspends the coral in water and is better suited for LPS and SPS corals. Again will need heat pack, you can post up to 2kg of weight in a poly box (under 20cm square) in the UK for about £15.00

The issue really is trying to find a heat pack that will last 48 hours and not be too warm at the start
 

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Reply #207

Search damp postage on here and you'll find the post with all the detail.

Maybe insulate the heat pack in the bag with some bubble wrap, so it stays warm for longer, and isn't giving out too much direct heat?
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Reply #208

Tha ks Ratvan, I think I'll go with the damp towel method as it would keep the postage cost down for anyone wanting some, I may take some more frags if there are a few people wanting one, if you would like one just drop me a pam with your address and I'll do my best

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Reply #209

Where does everyone buy their heat packs for shipping from, I've looked on ebay but there all about £3 each, thanks

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