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Old 04-17-2007, 01:40 AM   #1
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Ever fragged a Bubble Coral? - I did! (updated pics 6-3)

Hey guys. I've been reading up on how to frag bubble corals. I have a huge one that is growing too long and curling around the bottom of the rock that I'd like to attempt fragging. If you've ever done this before, I'd love to hear some input.

I hear conflicting information on the safeness of trying this. Some say one wrong move could kill your whole colony, others say that it bogus. My plan was to try the method of attaching a thick rubberband over the area I'd like frag, wait a few days until the flesh below dies, then chisel away the area where I want to frag. But fact is that they tissue goes all the way down into the skeleton, so it's more tricky than simply chiseling the area away.

Anyways, here are some pictures to show you what I want to do. What do you guys think?
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Bless your brave soul LOL! I only have one experience housing a bubble coral and it did not end well. It just would not settle in. They seem kind of delicate IME. Since yours is well adjusted, it may prove to be much more tolerant. I'm interested in what others say.
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From what I have seen of bubble coral (mine included) they don't look to be great candidates of fragging because of how they grow their skeleton. Of course mine is much smaller then yours but I don't see how it could be done without cutting the felsh and that I think would be a bad thing for this coral in particular....I'm no expert....I'll check around and see if I can find any info for you....
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Let me know if you find out or if you do it. I have a monster bubble coral also that I`m considering Lindsay. I`m looking at him now and he`s as big as a volleyball. Good Luck on your venture. I`ve just not been brave enough to try.
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Thanks guys, now I'm really nervous, hah.

I found a thread that explains a different route. It involves cutting grooves in the bubble coral, the drilling a hole though the skeleton, then wedging the coral apart until the skeleton breaks. Allow it to break all the way up to the fleshy part, then stop, and put it back in the tank, and apparently the polyps will seperate on their own. Atleast, that's what I make of it. It's not that clear (it's like guy talk terminology that I don't quite understand) haha.

http://www.netpets.org/fish/referenc.../bubcoral.html

What do you guys think? I'm ready to give it a go.

Edit: I've got a Dremel, that should work right?
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I would have liked to see some pics of the process.
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What do you guys think? I'm ready to give it a go.
I`m behind you Lindsay. Cant wait to see if it works. We will experiment with your`s first. LOL
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okay, surgery is scheduled for around 6-7 pm tonight. I'll let you know how the patient is doing afterwards.

Oh, and I'll take pics too.
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surgery is scheduled for around 6-7 pm tonight
LOL! Good luck.
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