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Title: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on December 07, 2011, 04:27:34 PM
The other day i went on my first frag-a-thon with my branching hammer.

First things first, lets get the important things out the way

Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: tangtastic on December 07, 2011, 04:38:08 PM
I hope that beer and not a cuppa lol

Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on December 07, 2011, 04:49:02 PM
While i am working it a cuppa, beer is for relaxing.....

After the important bit has been done;

I started out by making some frag plugs out of speed glue to mount the frags. After working out how to use speed glue i started work:

I formed the speed glue in 1.5" square blocks (the best i could) and left them to dry. Her are some photos:

Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on December 07, 2011, 04:56:03 PM
Next was to pluck my victim from the tank, i filled up a small tub with tank water and dropped him in.

I had on loan a dremel drill with 1m flexi which was well handy... :whoo:

I then carefully picked the hammer up upside down and let it close up, then selected the areas for cutting and setto work as quickly as i could.

I made the cuts intoteh skeleton as low to the base as i could (the smell of effectivly cutting bone stay up your nose for the next hour or so which isn't particulartly nice). I let the cut frag go in to another bucket with tankwater and between chosing each cut i dipped it back intothe water so not leave it out in the air to long.

After 7 odd cuts i had finished and put the mother coral back in the tank ASAP.

Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on December 07, 2011, 05:01:31 PM
After the mother coral was return i started work on mounting the frags to their bases and return them to the main tank, i was glad to see that they had plumped out within an hour,

but one frag the i must have damaged the soft tissue,  it was three heads when i fragged, and have lost one head completely, another looks a bit sorry for itself and the third is fine.

But generally i was pleased with the result, here are piccies pretty much 1hour after its ordeal of the fragging process. The last picture is the mother coral which i am pleased to say is nice and happy.

All in all a result..
Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: Adrian - MLUK on December 07, 2011, 05:37:17 PM
well done mate and I see you used the right tool for the job.

Watch the one that had damage and lost heads as it could develop brown jelly diesease and this can be real bad.
Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on December 07, 2011, 05:51:26 PM
no signs of bjd yet but I am monitoring that closely
Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: tangtastic on December 07, 2011, 07:36:23 PM
Nice thread like it

Kev
Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on January 12, 2012, 11:52:17 AM
some time next week i will be fragging my torch coral, so will post some piccies of that using the same tools etc.

Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: tangtastic on January 12, 2012, 02:37:00 PM
You flogging any frags always fancied trying one in my tank to see if it does well

Kev
Title: Re: Fragging my Hammer
Post by: JP-79er on January 12, 2012, 04:21:32 PM
i will be selling but have to see what happens, as the mother is getting just too big now and may just frag abit for me and sell the mother coral. But depend what happens when  the disc cutter comes out. Also saving for a wavemaker unit so all procceds will be going to that....