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Old 01-22-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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To Frag or Not to Frag...?

I have what I beleive is a good opportunity to frag one of my xenia's. It's my first time, so I would like some advice as to how/where to cut. I've always been good at making cutttings of my houseplants, but that's not the same, is it?
One of my xenia decided to stretch and move to another rock, and in the process, attached itself to two separate 'peaks', bridging over them. I am wondering if I cut at the bridge, would it be a good or bad thing.
Do you just go in with a razorblade and slice or what?
I'm a bit afraid I'll kill it. Is fragging the best solution to get more xenia?
(Should I just leave it to the experts and wait to order some from Cindy?)
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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You can cut it or just lay a rock next to it touching it and it will connect to it. I have also used a rubberband holding it to a rock several times with no issue. Some people use a toothpick and rubberbands. Xenia is very easy to frag. The day is coming when you will post how do I get this xenia out of my tank. Be patient. PS You have some aptasia in the left bottom of the picture. Keep a eye on it. It can reproduce and take over your tank in a couple days.
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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Here's another view of what you think is aptasia. Still think it is? I hope not - I've been feeding it mysis shrimp. Actually, it came from the store that had rocks covered with all varieties of these to sell. This one was all by itself on the glass and I asked if I could have it.
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:43 PM   #4
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It almost looks like a small Rose Bubble tip. That is not the same one though. The one next to the xenia really looks like aptasia.
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:44 PM   #5
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Ohh yeah back to my point you can just cut it and it will grow. Me and my buddy just fragged a bunch of them with toothpicks and rubberbands, very easy. As Brenden said soon you will be giving the stuff away it grows very fast.
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:02 PM   #6
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It almost looks like a small Rose Bubble tip. That is not the same one though. The one next to the xenia really looks like aptasia.
It's actually two different views of the same thing. That's why I thought a second view might change Brendans mind. I agree that the first pic looks like aptasia, but it's just because sometimes it stretches out it's arms like that. Most of the time it looks like the second picture.
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The first pic looks exactly like aptasia. I have not seen the blunt ends on aptasia like the second pic. Just watch it if you like it and make sure it does not start reproducing like crazy. ( I do think it is aptasia though)
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Only time will tell rather your little polyp is a pest or not. As for the xenya, you can cut it with scissors or what ever you have handy that is very sharp. It will slime but will heal itself pretty quickly.
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It will do that all by itself. Unless you're in a hurry there's no need to do it. It will leave bits behind for the new colony on the old rock. Just sit back and enjoy the show. Now if you really want to "Frag" it you can use scissors to cut the base of the taller stalk with branches right off the rock it is on. It will grow new heads for all parts left behind. You can attach the newly cut frag to a piece of rock with a toothpick and a rubberband as previously mentioned. Enjoy!
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:19 PM   #10
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I cut the xenia right where the red line is on the first picture I posted and the small piece (#1) kind of shrivelled.
If you look at this pic, there's not much left of the small piece. Did I cut it at the wrong spot? Will that small piece grow heads?
Thanks for all your help!!!
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