I've been trying to fill up real estate towards the sides and bottom of my reef, so I decided to frag some of my Red Mushrooms. I had about six heads on a single frag plug, which was making it hard to put in a lot of places in the tank, so I had no problem removing these. Not only will they attach to smaller pieces of rock rubble, but by cutting them, I will also have multiple new frags. I could potentially turn my six mushrooms into 24 mushrooms (best case scenario).
First, get your Coral Propagation Tools. For cutting mushrooms, you will really only need a scalpel, but a razor blade will work well, too. Some tweezers or tongs may also be helpful. Here's a full list of items I used today:
- Boston Aqua Farms Soft Coral Scalpel.
- Dissekt-Rite Specimen Forceps, 10 inch (optional, but helpful for moving small pieces).
- Lee`s Aquarium Specimen Container Small or other container for holding water and coral. Tupperware or other miscellaneous containers will work.
- Plastic container to put frags in. Nothing special: I used a cheese container (use what's available).
- Netting or bridal veil. I used some netting that came with some base rock I just bought.
- Rubber bands.
- Crushed coral or coral rubble (for the coral to attach to). I smashed a small piece of dry base rock.
- Safety gear: Eye protection, latex gloves, and a face mask. Remember, when fragging soft coral there are liquids that can (and will) be squirted, splashed, etc. Some soft corals can contain toxins, so it's always better to be safe than sorry.
frag plugs to trade with friends, or glue the rubble to live rock to take up some of that vacant real estate.