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Old 03-28-2009, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is it possible to cut and frag shrooms,if so in what manner is it done?
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depends on what type of fragging you are asking about.

are you asking if you can cut a mushroom in half and make two mushrooms from the one?

or just simply frag out a big rock with tons of mushrooms on it?
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yes cutting to make two ro more,mainly on rhodactis,ive got some id like to frag for my 40.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, you cut right down the middle. Make sure you dip and place in a very low flow area.
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u can cut it up alot ive tested out experimented on myne i cut one in two one in four and then one in smaller pieces. what u need to do is take a window screen and put the shrroms n rock ruble under and they should attach in a week or so...
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u can cut it up alot ive tested out experimented on myne i cut one in two one in four and then one in smaller pieces. what u need to do is take a window screen and put the shrroms n rock ruble under and they should attach in a week or so...
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im planing on trying this soon as soon as my 40 is ready for corals,im giving it a try.
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I really need to try this. some of my shrooms have up to 3 eyes and it looks really weird
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Iv fraged Shrooms in m tank .Then I had to many so I decided not to do it any more. They grow like weeds in my tank. Just dumped allot off at my LFS.
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Rob of Alti's Reef once said at the BAS meeting that the easiest way to expand your mushroom colony is to take an xacto knife (scalpel) and cut all the mushrooms in half right through the middle.
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What will happen if you cut it at the base? I have some in my DT that I want to get rid of. They are attached to the base rock and there is no way I can remove the rock.
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I know someone that put their shroom on a blender, he had about 1,000 frags.. I have a frag to prove it...lol
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^^^ Yeah, i've heard of people going that route than using fine mesh to let the corals attach. They would basically make a mesh sock with frags being thrown agains it with a powerhead. They would then cut up the mesh (when frags attached) which can easily be glued to rubble or plugs.
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http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1252294

Talks about vitamin C helping with softy corals.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...ight=vitamin+c
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One has to be careful with vitamin C dosing as it has the ability to drop your pH. Now that this has been brought up I remember dosing my old 135 with vitamin C and my softies were going nuts. I stoped because I didn't realize any benefits except now I see that even with better lights theire progress is not as pronounced, although I might be complaining because they never grow fast enough.
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My Shrooms all grow so fast as it is Ive never thought about fragging them, but this is a good discussion...Its interesting to see the different approaches people take.
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^^^ The thing is I want to start fragging onto plugs for both swapping with people and transplanting into other areas of the tank.
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^^^ The thing is I want to start fragging onto plugs for both swapping with people and transplanting into other areas of the tank.
My LFS fills up small plastic tanks with rubble rocks, then lets the mushrooms grow and seperate across the rubble rocks, then they pull the rubble out with the mushrooms attached and sell their frags that way....If you have time this is a great way...

For faster Fragging, I guess Cut and Marine Grade Epoxy or string and needle method to some screen material then super glue gel the screen to some rubble rock or plugs...
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My LFS fills up small plastic tanks with rubble rocks, then lets the mushrooms grow and seperate across the rubble rocks, then they pull the rubble out with the mushrooms attached and sell their frags that way....If you have time this is a great way...

For faster Fragging, I guess Cut and Marine Grade Epoxy or string and needle method to some screen material then super glue gel the screen to some rubble rock or plugs...
I am going to try both methods soon. I have a frag shelf that I want to prop up near the lights and keep all of my frags there. The reason I want to use the plugs is that I can place them into the holes on top of the shelf, if they were just discs or pieces of rubble they would slide off or snails, hermits, urchin would knock them over. Knowing that I hate to put my hands in the tank gazilion times a day they would just be at the bottom or lost somewhere.

I read online to use crushed shells in a tupperware containers and then drop all the cuttings there. Once attached, glue those shels onto plugs.

I used to "stitch" them onto the rock with a needle in the past but it wasn't easy and often they would just float away. Your recommendation of stitching them to a piece of mesh and then gluing the mesh to the plug seem like a better option being that it's easier to hold soft mesh together to a slimy frag.
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I am going to try both methods soon. I have a frag shelf that I want to prop up near the lights and keep all of my frags there. The reason I want to use the plugs is that I can place them into the holes on top of the shelf, if they were just discs or pieces of rubble they would slide off or snails, hermits, urchin would knock them over. Knowing that I hate to put my hands in the tank gazilion times a day they would just be at the bottom or lost somewhere.

I read online to use crushed shells in a tupperware containers and then drop all the cuttings there. Once attached, glue those shels onto plugs.

I used to "stitch" them onto the rock with a needle in the past but it wasn't easy and often they would just float away. Your recommendation of stitching them to a piece of mesh and then gluing the mesh to the plug seem like a better option being that it's easier to hold soft mesh together to a slimy frag.

the crushed shells in a tupperware container works great, I have done that method with multiple Zoa's and Ric's...A good method to keep them from floating away is to tie a mesh lid over the container so they all stay inside too...
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