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Old 01-23-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Propagation of LPS corals

Hey guys and gals,
I have several lps corals that I would like to propagate. I have experience w/ propagating soft corals, but not stonies. I have some Candy cane, hammer, and frogspawn Euphyllia spp. that I would like to harvest. Where on the skeleton is it best to cut? Is it best to use a heavy bone cutter, or what tool? All input is appreciated!!
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I seen them cut with a Saw right down the middle with no damage to them, But I've seen that done with a lot of Experts. From what I heard LPS coral are pretty hardy. but I would have the slightest clue. Let some of these guys/gals tell you whats good.
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cool...yeah, I've never seen it actually done in person
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Frogspawn, hammer, torch, trupmet and other similar corals can be cut on the skeleton. You want to cut them below any flesh. I just fragged a piece a couple days ago. I guess when I do again this weekend I'll have to video it and post it. A dremel is the best way to do it.
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Frogspawn, hammer, torch, trupmet and other similar corals can be cut on the skeleton. You want to cut them below any flesh. I just fragged a piece a couple days ago. I guess when I do again this weekend I'll have to video it and post it. A dremel is the best way to do it.
That would be a Sweet demonstration Ziggy I would like to see that.
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Or if you can't take the piece out of your tank, a new/clean mini hacksaw works fine too. The bone cutter will work assuming you can get it open around the stalk/skeleton. If you use a saw, just take your time and don't apply too much pressure or you'll break the skeleton instead of cut it. And the break might not go where you want it too. I inadvertantly fragged more of my torch that way. On any of the branching corals, like Ziggy said, just make sure you cut below any living tissue.
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Thanks kurt and ziggy for all of your help....it sounds pretty straightforward. I would love to see your demo, Ziggy. That would be great!
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I guess I'm going to have to get the video camera out this weekend.

I need to frag some of that stuff anyway.
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lol....sorry man. the masses await!
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ok Ziggy.....where is that demo????
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