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    How to frag zoas - help required

    OK I have a couple of rocks full of zoas (see image). I need help in fragging these. I've never fragged a coral yet so give me all the detail, step by step.

    Soon have these available for you guys if you want em.




    Also need an id of this frag which I got from Peter - you out there peter?


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    How to frag zoas - help required

    The one you want ID'ing looks like a candy cane frag?? I might be wrong though!!

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    How to frag zoas - help required

    Yup.. that second one is a Caulastrea sp, commonly known as candycane or trumpet corals. They come in a variety of colours and there are at least two or three species in the genus.

    Fragging Zoas is easy.. I prefer to use a square chisel-type blade, but any sharp blade will do. Scrape under the Zoas, trying to scrape off a thin sliver of rock with the Zoas on top. You might need to cut the mat between polyps to seperate off a small colony. Aim for just a few polyps.. even one polyp will produce a small colony very quickly in good conditions.

    Glue the fragged piece to another piece of rock or a frag plug. Use superglue gel to attach the frag, applying glue to the rock, and then placing the fragged colony onto the glue. If you've managed to get a sliver of rock under the frag that is still attached then thie will have better success. Get the glued frag into water as soon as possible to disperse the heat from the glue curing.

    Please wear disposable gloves when doing this and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.. a very few species of Zoa may contain a well know toxin (lookup palytoxin).. and you do not want to get this onto your skin - or even worse into a cut or abrasion. If you read up on this toxin you'll get all sorts of scare stories.. but thousands of reefers frag Zoas every year.. with care the risk is minimal.<^EDIT^>
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    Hi yep its as above thanks Alastair.
    If you are ever up this way i will show you how i frag the zoas.
    this goes for anyone around here

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    Excellent, feels like a fraggin weekend coming up then ;-)
    (almost sounds like a weekend of QUAKE !!

    How long before they are ready to ship - on average?

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    IMO - I think its best to wait till they show signs of new growth,
    some are ready in a week some take a lot longer

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    How to frag zoas - help required

    i would do a trade iwth some differnent zoas when you do some frags

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    Will be fraggin this weekend, I'll let you know when they are ready

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    How to frag zoas - help required

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcn
    Will be fraggin this weekend, I'll let you know when they are ready
    got a few of the zoas split off and sitting in an egg cup of coral sand as suggested. the frags are covered by a netting and the cup placed low in the main tank.

    should be settled in the sand ready for gluing up when i get back home at the weekend.

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