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Old 01-14-2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Devils hand propagation?

Anyone know a known method of propagating this coral? I have a huge specimen in my 37g that I would like to cut some lobes off of. If anyone has any tips or idea let me know. Thank you!
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Remove it from the tank, get a scalpel or very sharp knife and try and cut as clean a cut as you can. I assume your work on cutting the "fingers" first? Just make sure you do this outside of the tank and that you have a place to put the mother coral and the frags for a while, until they stop sliming, which they will.

To attach the frags, you can either use a bunch of rubble in a tupperware container (lay down a layer of rock rubble, then lay the frags on top in a low flow area. Give them a few days/weeks and they'll attach themselves) or, you can use the toothpick method (take a toothpick, stab the frag at the base, then attach the toothpick to rubble or a rock in the tank.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:39 AM   #3
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First let me start off by saying thank you for responding. Hmmm, see I figured there would be some sort of goo associated with cutting this coral. My girlfriend and my mother both have nanos and I have more than enough of this coral to give if I can figure out a way to make this work. I have a spare 10g I can set up and run carbon.....but other then that I run carbon, I'm not sure if this is practical right now. But thank you none the less.
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They only need to be in another container for a little while. No more than 30 minutes even. Even a 2 gallon bucket would work as long as it's the right temp and salinity.

It's honestly, very easy to do. So in that case, why don't you think it's practical?
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Devils Hand grows too big too fast for a nano in my opinion...
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Old 01-15-2007, 02:01 AM   #6
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lol this thing is really opened up huge, I thought it would slime for quite a while but if its only 30 min or so I will certainly give it a try,
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I use some titanium scissors I got at walmart for cutting my leather frags. The toothpick method as described above works very well with leathers too.
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I used a razor blade and some natural fiber twine. The twine just disolves after a few weeks.
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