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Old 04-08-2003, 01:01 PM   #1
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I have used super glue on my mushrooms to attach them to
new rocks they don't seem to stay on, now using a fine mesh
got 4 to stay. Any advice ???? Can you do the same with polyps
also can you propagate them by cutting??
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now using a fine mesh
got 4 to stay.
Assuming this is something akin to bridal veil, that is how I attatch shrooms and many soft corals. I would think the same would work for polyps, although I might try supperglue gell on them, or a loose rubberband to make them stay put until they attatch.
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for my mushroom, i just find a crater in the rock i want them on and place them inside. i've had 100% attatchment rate using this method. i guess it wouldn't work too well if you wanted them on a smoother rock or in an area of moderate flow though.
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I have actually pinned mushrooms between a rock and the glass, when they attach they move to the top of the rock.
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The easiest way I have found to do the shrooms is to put them on the substrate and let them attach to a few small pieces of that. Then you can glue them with a gel (I have found the Ross brand to be best) type super glue and they'll stay. If you have sand, you can put in a small dish with some fine gravel in it and let them attach to that. With the mesh, cut a 1/4" wide strip and use it to strap the shroom down. Cut the veil in the direction so that the holes don't close up when you pull on it. I put three dots of glue on the rock. Set the coral/shroom on the glue and wet the rock right away. The glue gets hot as it sets and the water will keep it from damaging the coral. Then strap it down with the strip of veil.
When you say "polyps", I'm guessing you're talking about zoanthids or something similar? You can cut them off, taking as much of the stalk as you can, and glue them to rocks or let them attach to substrate material like the shrooms. Take them out of the tank to cut them as they may release toxic substances. I use a butter bowl with tank water in it. Hold the rock under the water when you cut as they will squirt when you cut them. Also, always wear latex gloves when dealing with zoanthids. I'm sure you've read some horror stories about palytoxin. If you don't get a good stalk with the zoo, don't try to glue it. You'll end up getting glue up on the head and it won't be able to close up. If that happens, it will die. Whatever is left of the zoo on the original rock will soon grow a new head...usually larger than the one you cut off. HTH.
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