Originally Posted by Hara
Mike, I have a huge finger leather and a pair of scissors works just fine. I frag mine quite often.
Originally Posted by PC
I frag mine constantly to keep it from over growing the tank.
Thanks for chiming in, Hara & PC
Glad to hear a voice or two of experience.
I'd like to ask both of your opinions on the following..
I have been reading up over at WWM, AA, RC, and a plethora of Google searches, and from what I've digested so far is, Leathers are a heavy mucus producing coral.
The general consensus is that it's better (less mucus producing) to make a clean "surgical" slice with a razor, scalpel, razorknife, etc., than a crushing/cutting instrument like scissors, snips, sidecutters, etc.
Less handling, or handling with gloves produces less damage and mucus.
Excess mucus should be rinsed in the hours after cutting to reduce the chance of infection and promote better healing.
(This doesn't make sense to me as mother nature provides these types of behavior as a natural defense against infection from foreign contaminents.)
A single stich of nylon thru the leather frag and around the rock is preferable to the toothpick and rubberband method.
(Snip and remove the nylon thread after a couple of weeks)
Less stressful attachment of a frag is to place it in a container of rubble, inside the main tank in an area of low flow, and let it attach itself over time.
Less stressful fragmentation involves tying a plastic tie around the coral appendage and slowly tightening it each week until the frag is eventually "decapitated" from the colony and encrusts the plastic tie, forming a base, in the process.
If you two don't mind, could you give us the benefit of your opinion on those methods?
Thanks in advance!