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Adrian - MLUK:
If there is anything that you need to know about fragging corals then feel free to ask away.

The main thing when doing it is having the correct tools for the job and being prepared with everything to hand below is a list of some of the tools that you possibly may need for each group. It varies from coral to coral but this is just a basic run down

Soft Corals 
Scissors
Scapel
Mounts (LR or Man made)
Super glue
Twine



Lps Corals

Scapel
Dremmel of other hobby cutter to cut through hard skeleton
Screw driver (to prize apart once a cut has been made)
Mount LR or man made mount (lps can quite often be mounted just by attaching the hard skeleton to the location required)



SPS Corals
Bone cutters (electrical cutters if not available but bear in mind if not cleaned off properly they will rust).
Mounts LR or man made mounts (as with LPS mounts are not always required).

Adrian - MLUK:
Handling corals

As we all know these are delicate animals and should be handled carefully.

Soft corals quite often slime up when handled, it is noteworthy when handling zoas/zoanthids that some carry poisons so it is best to wear safety googles and also gloves when handling/fragging these.

Lps corals again can slime up when being handled the main thing when dealing with lps is that you avoid soft tissue damage as this can result in death in some species of LPS

SPS these are best to be dealt with quickly when handling for fragging

All corals are best left out of water as little time as possible to avoid any major problems but most can be out of water 10 minutes without showing any negative effects other than the usual sulking that all corals do when handled.

This is just a very basic run down and I hope that I get many questions as this will allow this to grow and evolve into a comprehensive guide

mikk1301:
i find when adding a new sps coral to the tank leaving it on the side out of water for 4-5 mins is the best way to acclime them.they mucus up and this helps them to adapt to the new water conditions slowly.never lost one sps this way regards mikk

Adrian - MLUK:

--- Quote from: mikk1301 on October 29, 2011, 11:36:33 PM ---i find when adding a new sps coral to the tank leaving it on the side out of water for 4-5 mins is the best way to acclime them.they mucus up and this helps them to adapt to the new water conditions slowly.never lost one sps this way regards mikk

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This is 100% the best way to deal with the introduction of sps

thanks for the post

ray:
some real good info there mate  :)

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