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TexasMike
01/16/2010, 07:11 PM
Sooo. How do you remove an SPS off the 2 inch long cap that they glued it to? Or do you?

Thanks

0b1
01/16/2010, 07:18 PM
one of the little cement things? just glue that part to the rock

DThompson
01/16/2010, 07:22 PM
Dremel works wonders.

TexasMike
01/16/2010, 07:51 PM
No. It's more of a peg that is about two inches long. I'm guessing I am unable to remove it from the peg and just place it in a hole in the rock.

Alex T.
01/16/2010, 08:29 PM
I usually take a flat head screwdriver (very thin blade) and gingerly work it off the plug. if the frag has already started skinning to the peg, i cut the prong off with a dremel. That way you can glue your coral anywhere you want. They seem to grow better for me when I can glue the bottom of the coral itself to the live rock. jmo

spleify
01/16/2010, 08:33 PM
If it was glued on with crazy glue, it will pop off pretty easy. Or like suggested, just take a small screwdriver and get underneath it and pop it up

dots
01/16/2010, 08:56 PM
Some of the hard rubber plugs, you can grab with a large pair of slip joint pliers and squeeze.

large pieces I would snap off with a pair of dykes, or cut with a hacksaw.

Dont trip about leaving some of it on the plug, put it your QT tank (which you should have) and grow it out.

sedor
01/16/2010, 09:12 PM
SPS, though delicate are a little tougher than we give them credit for. Popping the base off of the plug with a screwdriver (or a butterknife in my case) will work just fine and its actually sometimes easier to mount it to the rockwork without the plug. If its already started encrusting though, just leave it along and mount the whole thing, no use wasting all that good growth.

cakemanPA
01/16/2010, 09:14 PM
Bone cutters will cut the extension right off the frag plug. I then just glue the rest of the frag plug in place.

SkyPapa
01/16/2010, 10:34 PM
Bone cutters will cut the extension right off the frag plug. I then just glue the rest of the frag plug in place.

+1, but I put the plug in my frag tank

TexasMike
01/17/2010, 01:04 AM
Thanks for the tips.

kourt11234
01/17/2010, 07:46 AM
Bone cutters will cut the extension right off the frag plug. I then just glue the rest of the frag plug in place.

would this slow growth?

Mattik
01/17/2010, 08:28 AM
I usually cut the prongs off of the plug and glue the disc to the rock. In cases where the "golf tee" style plug is used, I either snip the coral off the plug, or use a dremmel to cut the plug.

My LFS gets a lot of corals that are on the golf tees and they will generally dremel the plug for me if I ask.

sedor
01/17/2010, 08:32 AM
It shouldn't slow the growth to much, although IMO a coral starts really growing best once the base has started encrusting over its surface.