Montastrea 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 Montastrea:

    Montastrea is one of the corals that will bear significant advantages if corallite boundaries are followed, so when cutting these corals, I always try to cut between corallites.

    As with most LPS corals with many other LPS corals, cutting frags as thinly as possible will help to accelerate growth.


    Cuts are sped up 8x

    If there's a specific species of coral that you would like to see cut up, feel free to comment in this thread or send me a PM.
     
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    +1 Wow this is awesome!
     
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    Frags are looking good.
     

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    In recent montastrea news:

    The genus montastrea was recently subdivided into montastrea, orbicella (Atlantic species) and phymastrea (Indo-Pacific species.)
     

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    What a beautiful coral. What is the common/silly name?
     
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    I haven't heard of one yet which is weird considering how often I see this exact morph pop up. Maybe 3reef should name it!
     
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    LOL excellent idea. Such beautiful coloration, I need to see a big piece of it. Is it a hot seller because it should be.
     
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    Strangely it's not.

    Here's a picture from a bigger colony I cut up.

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !