how to frag an acan

Discussion in 'Frags' started by tinctorus, Jun 26, 2012.

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  1. tinctorus

    tinctorus Feather Duster

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    Hey guy's I have a rather large acan colony that I am thinking about fragging in order to trade other local reefers for either other types of acan's that I dont have or just other pieces of coral in particular that I dont have

    My pronlem however is that the acan colony is roughly 70 heads so I really need a good idea about how too cut this puppy up in a way that

    1) my main colony still looks good

    2) all of the frags look good

    3) I dont kill anthing as an acan is one of the few corals I have never fragged before

    if I need to my buddy who owns reefs edge has a diamond blade band saw that is specifically designed for cutting stony corals but I have never used a band saw for the sole purpose of doing this so is this going to the best way of doing what I want or is there a better option??


    FWIW this is the saw that I have access to
    Inland DFS-100 ReefKeeper Band Saw - AquaCave.com

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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My understanding is that the band saw is the best way to go due to less heat from cutting and less stress on the coral.
     
  4. tinctorus

    tinctorus Feather Duster

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    I assume that I would just try and cut between the polyps and try and not go through or cut off a piece of a polyp as it may die right?
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ideally yes. I have bought some favias where the polyp was cut and it survived so I wouldn't stress too much if you do cut a polyp.
     
  6. tinctorus

    tinctorus Feather Duster

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    Ok cool I will grab the band saw and give it a shot
     
  7. Sherlock Reef

    Sherlock Reef Plankton

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    I like to frag the mother colony all around so i try to make it look more circular. do not cut thru the mouth. If you do they will have a pretty low change to live. keep the fresh frags in the same tank and conditions that the mother colony. Make sure the saw has water and doesnt run dry. Good luck and post some pics!!