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#1 Swish41

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:55 PM

Soooo...

I got a HUGE frogspawn the other day.
when i say huge, i mean takes up atleast a third of the 28 gal. wont even try to put it in the 12. ha. it has about 17 heads, across 3 large stalks, attached to 1 main stalk. i tried to "break" it by hand (because thats what i did with my other one, and it worked just great, and both pieces are growing and happy).
welll! it was way to thick and i just ended up hurting my hands. haha.

so.

my question(s):

1: what is best to frag it with? a dremmel (sp) ? or large clippers/scissor things?
-i have seen both used-
2: do i have to frag the large stalks off?
3: or can i just cut the heads off?
4: are there any "chemicals" i can put in tank to help the pieces heal?

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 03:03 PM

Soooo...

I got a HUGE frogspawn the other day.
when i say huge, i mean takes up atleast a third of the 28 gal. wont even try to put it in the 12. ha. it has about 17 heads, across 3 large stalks, attached to 1 main stalk. i tried to "break" it by hand (because thats what i did with my other one, and it worked just great, and both pieces are growing and happy).
welll! it was way to thick and i just ended up hurting my hands. haha.

so.

my question(s):

1: what is best to frag it with? a dremmel (sp) ? or large clippers/scissor things?
-i have seen both used-
2: do i have to frag the large stalks off?
3: or can i just cut the heads off?
4: are there any "chemicals" i can put in tank to help the pieces heal?



1. Bone cutters work great
2.Large stalks are easyer to frag
3. you can cut just a head, but got to be very careful(need a little stalk)
4.Might be.
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#3 BikerFish

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:27 PM

I *think* (I could be wrong) that frogspawns are like hammer corals. There's kind of a nerve or vein that goes down the center of the stalk. If you break it too high up the stalk, it kill the head above it.

As far as healing though, just good water movement should be all you need. All you're really breaking is skeleton. Not like slicing through the tissue of a leather coral or something.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:52 PM



Just what the Doctor order
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#5 Swish41

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:46 PM



Just what the Doctor order




ohhhh thank you!!

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:59 PM

Oh now you come up with a video - I had a real nice one and broke the main vein almost lost all of it

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:26 PM

There's also an article on Reef Central's monthly mag about doing just this. It's in the Jan issue.

http://reefkeeping.c.../fotm/index.php

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 02:28 AM

thank you all for the info! i got him cut. will have 2 or 3 pieces for trade very very soon :)
they are already big and open.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 05:00 AM

I may be very interested in one of those frags... :fingers-crossed:




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