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    Fragging mushrooms

    I thought I would take a few pictures this morning to show how I frag mushrooms as a few people have asked me recently or said they are too nervous. Remember there are lots of ways to do it, this is just one way.

    To start with I try to have the following to hand:
    a sturdy board that I can cut on - this is the board I use all the time, hence the superglue marks)
    a pair of sharp scissors
    a blade of some description eg craft knife of stanley blade
    kitchen roll
    a pot of tank water
    a shallow container that you can place in the botton of your tank with small pieces of rock rubble in the bottom.
    a pair of tweezers




    I then remove the rock from the tank (if possible) and allow the water to drain. Identify the mushroom that you need to remove and hang the rock with the mushroom facing down. My picture was too blurred of this stage so I have attached another one to let you know what I mean.




    Now with either a swift cut with the scissors or blade remove the mushroom allowing it to fall into the tank water.




    Place the original rock back into the water and within a couple of weeks a new mushroom will be developing in the same place.



    Once you have removed all you wish to, take one out of the bowl of water (this is where the tweezers will come in handy) and place on the cutting board.




    Now with your blade make a clean cut through the centre trying to ensure a piece of the mouth is included in each part.






    You can continue to cut like a pizza but to start with I think it is better to just work with 2 halfs.
    I tend to give these a quick swish in the pot of tank water to clean them then pop them in the pot in the bottom of the tank in a low flow area..




    It is often worth popping a piece of net over the pot and secure with an elastic band - this will ensure that the mushrooms do not disappear in your flow.


    After a couple of weeks the mushrooms will start to attach to the rock pieces but I find to ensure they are nice and strong - try to leave them for 4 weeks before removing from the pot and placing them in your tank.
    After this time they will soon grow into full size mushrooms.


    There are plenty of other ways to attach the mushrooms but the method described is the one I have found easiest after trying them all!



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    Fragging mushrooms

    Good advice there.

    I find that with rubble in the pot it can sometimes take a bit of time for the shrooms to find a rock.
    What I do is put the frags in a shallow tupperware of coral sand with the net over and they attatch to some sand grains in only a few days usually. I then superglue the sand grains to my rock.

    Doing this I make mini colonies very quickly, it's actually great fun cause you can't go wrong.

    In less than a month I have turned 1 mushroom into 8 all on one small rock. I'll keep cutting till i'm happy with the number then move the rock from the shelf to the reef and leave them to develop properly.

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    Fragging mushrooms

    The boywiggans - get some photos up here

    J

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    Fragging mushrooms

    Not much point in photos just yet, the system is a bit small scale at mo.....

    I'll see what I can do though (",)

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    Fragging mushrooms

    Well here's a picture I just found in the archives of how I do my mushrooms. The tupperware is one from the ikea set wich is about a quid for loads so the mrs doesn't know its missing even. I then slice it down so it's more of a shallow dish to stop algae growing in there from lack of current. There's the zoa frag I swapped with Ziggy on the left resting before posting and the tiny bit of liverock is a peice that broke off somthing and I noticed 1 little tiny polyp on it. The mushroom is cut into 4 and is on the right. After a few days to a week the mushroom frags quite happily stick themselves to a few sand grains that are easy peasy to superglue to the liverock....try it and see,


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