Getting ready to add corals

Discussion in 'Frags' started by CntrSnr2001, Oct 6, 2010.

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  1. CntrSnr2001

    CntrSnr2001 Astrea Snail

    Sep 14, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    tank has cycled, fish are in, inverts are in. now im ready to add some coral frags (since they are so much cheaper lol)

    had trouble digging through all the threads. i'm looking for someone to talk down to me and tell me how to actually install these things. i have seen them at the stores and such but do i simply lay them on the rock and the spread? ive head about glues but my rock is in the tank. any help is appreciated!

    in the mean time, I'm still researching what species i want in the tank based on space, lighting and water flow.

    thanks in advace!
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    shenzhen Guangdong PRC

    depends to some degree what the frags are and what they are attached to

    some frags are on plugs with spikes and these could be pushed into holes in the rockwork
    other frags are on sections of tiles, or bits of rock or flat plugs

    you can use glue, superglue gel , applied to the base of the plug after drying it and then push the plug or tile where you want it and hold for a few seconds ( dont twist it as this will prevent the instant setting your looking for)

    a better method IMO is to use reef putty, which is a 2 part epoxy that you mix equal quantities of each, and then again apply a ball of putty to the base of the frag, and then push it into the rock work where you want it

    a combination method using putty and glue is the most consistent (works nearly every time)

    in the combination method you still make a ball of putty and then make a small dent in it fill the dent with superglue and then press onto the plug
    then make another dent on the other side of putty, fill with superglue and then press onto your rockwork

  4. kram

    kram Plankton

    Mar 9, 2012
    I assume this is out of the tank? Might seem like a dumb question but...
  5. Pre-game

    Pre-game Astrea Snail

    Apr 17, 2012
    Orlando Fla
    Interesting, I learn something everythime I get on this site!