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advice on 1st attempt at fragging finger coral

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hi everyone
i have a large colony of finger coral in my 275ltre tank. i have seen vid on you tube re cutting of soft corals. i have bought a magnetic rack with plastic plugs i should have checked first would these plastic plugs be suitable to put finger coral on. i plan to use the cocktail stick and elastic band method as it is my first attempt will the coral bindto a plastic plug. i beleive super glue gel is not suitable for soft coral hence the cocktail stick method. i would be grateful for any advice i dont want to kill a coral through my ignorance.
cheers steve

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Reply #1

Generally the frag plugs are used for stony corals, as you can simple elastic band soft corals to a rock where you want it (without the need for a plug).  If you're wanting to sell it, you can try attaching it to the plastic plug (I've never tries with plastic), and I'd think it would take hold after a few days if the surface is rough.

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so you would not reccomend soft coral on a plastic plug then graeme
cheers

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Reply #3

If you want to spread the coral in your own tank, just do the cocktail stick and elastic band straight to a rock.

If you want to sell it, give the plug a go.  I've tended to just cut bits off as and when people want them, then they can do the cocktail stick themselves.

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Reply #4

Thanks gramme
I will just try a couple and see how they go with plastic plug and let you know
Cheers steve

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Reply #5

Hi Graeme,
Interested if you could explain cocktail stick method please or point me in the direction of a thread if it already exists.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

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Reply #6

Just stick the cocktail stick through the base of the coral, and wrap the elastic band around the cocktail stick to hold it to the rock.  If the base is touching the rock, it will stick after a few days.  Or you can try just using an elastic band without the cocktail stick.  Just be careful not to completely compress/crush the base of the coral, as it needs to be able to pass water through it.


Another method for soft coral is to just drop it into a pot with some rubble and let it find it's own roots.  Then take out the piece it sticks to and mount it wherever you want.

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Reply #7

The ones I have just done is finger coral.I took a small amount of tank water in a small bowl.got a small peice of live rock cocktail sticks rubber bands scissors and towel all ready on table ready.I then removed the coral to be cut placed it in the bowl selected the bit I was cutting off I then cut the peice. Pushed the cocktail stick through the coral just above the base.placed the base of the
New coral onto the small rock wrapped the rubber bands around the rock and over the cocktail tail stick to hold it in place.then place in tank don't put the water in the bowl back in your tank  hopefully others will come on with more details as iam new but it worked for me

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