Duncan (Duncanopsammia) Fragging 101

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  1. mikejrice

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    The method I use for fragging the majority of hard corals is primarily the same with the cutting tooling being an Inland band saw.

    Cooling liquid used is fresh mixed saltwater with enough iodine to color it a light amber. This helps to disinfect cuts as they're made which has shown to greatly increase frag survival.

    All corals are stored during cutting in a small bucket holding water taken directly from their home aquarium. This water is used both to keep them wet as well as for rinsing any flesh away from cuts while I'm working on them.

    All finished, and rinsed, frags or trimmed colonies are soaked in Brightwell Aquatics Restor dip to insure that minimal flesh is lost.

    Both soak buckets are rinsed and replenished between colonies to reduce the risk of interactions between loose flesh of different coral species.

    Notes about duncans:

    Duncans have extremely sensitive flesh that is susceptible to infection if damaged. As always, while handling torch, be sure to keep specimens fully submerged until polyps retract.

    Duncans form in varying densities of branches which can make fragging them different for every colony. Be sure to cut between polyps and always cut branches off as far below the polyp as possible.

    Some colonies can form in extremely sight bunches like the one in the video. For these, cut them up directly along the ridges that divide the polyps.


    Cuts sped up 8x.

    If there's a specific species you would like to see fragged, leave a comment below.
     
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  3. Bendor

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    Awesome video. Thank you.

    What about pin cushions? I've read that you can cut the whole top off then slice the flat top into pizza slices, squeeze dry with a towel and superglue to a frag plug.

    What do you think is the best way?
     
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