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Gladmaker
07/26/2017, 04:28 PM
I have several Zoas and a Meteor Shower Cyphastrea on plugs that I need to move from the sand to the rocks. I've successfully glued those that are on a small base to the rocks. How can I move those on plugs to my rocks?

Gladmaker
07/27/2017, 08:21 AM
Anyone know how to do this? My rocks don't have holes big enough to put the plugs in. If I just lay them on the rocks, it doesn't look good and they will get knocked off.

AlSimmons
07/27/2017, 10:16 AM
I would just cut the stem off with some wire cutters.

Reef Junkie
07/27/2017, 12:27 PM
I second al's advice. I use wire cutters to clip the plugs off.


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DivingTheWorld
07/27/2017, 12:38 PM
You have two options:

1. You can cut or break off the stems and glue the top of the plug to your rock. This works better for sps in my opinion because they will encrust over and you don't see the plug. With zoas, you still see some plug through.

2. Remove the zoas from the plug and glue them to your rock. I find the best way to do this is the same as I use for fragging. Use a scalpel to trim a thin layer off the top of the plug under the zoas, then glue that layer to your rock. Gluing zoas directly is difficult at best.

Gladmaker
07/27/2017, 07:43 PM
Thank you for your ideas. I tried cutting the stem with wire cutters and it worked, but it left a good sized piece that will not look good on a rock. Diving's suggestion about using a scalpel to trim a thin layer off the top of the plug sounds like the result would be what I want except I don't understand how this can be done with a scalpel without ruining the scalpel before cutting through the layer.

DivingTheWorld
07/27/2017, 09:28 PM
Thank you for your ideas. I tried cutting the stem with wire cutters and it worked, but it left a good sized piece that will not look good on a rock. Diving's suggestion about using a scalpel to trim a thin layer off the top of the plug sounds like the result would be what I want except I don't understand how this can be done with a scalpel without ruining the scalpel before cutting through the layer.

A good quality stainless steel scalpel won't break. You won't be able to perform surgery anymore, but it will be just fine for fish tank work. I sharpen mine every once in a while, but it generally stays sharp enough. I have a normal sized one for scraping plugs and rocks and a little curved one for scraping out things like Bubble Algae. They came with a coral prop kit I bought off Amazon I think.

sde1500
07/31/2017, 09:18 AM
Could use an exacto knife to do it as well, thats what I use. But if you trim off as much of the plug as possible and glue it to the rock, that will work just fine. Not sure why there was the comparison for SPS though, sure they encrust, but zoa colonies expand as well and will cover the plug in time too.

Gladmaker
08/01/2017, 11:29 AM
I bought an Exacto style Fiskars knife and tried to cut the plug. All I accomplished after about 5 minutes was just scratching the plug. I tried using my Rotozip with the same results. This coral was on a flat piece that had been glued to a plug. I tried to cut through the glue to remove it. Didn't work. Not happy with the results. I'll make sure none of the corals I buy from now on are on plugs. The stem does come off easily, but I don't like what is left.

sde1500
08/01/2017, 11:38 AM
Don't use a knife like that to cut the plug. Use wire cutters, same thing that cuts the stem. Or just leave the plug whole, that is what I usually do, they will grow over and cover the plug in time.

Gladmaker
08/01/2017, 11:48 AM
Don't use a knife like that to cut the plug. Use wire cutters, same thing that cuts the stem. Or just leave the plug whole, that is what I usually do, they will grow over and cover the plug in time.

Yesterday you said you use an exacto knife. Wire cutters would have to be big to open wide enough to cut the plug. I would be concerned it would crumble the plug and damage the coral. It looks like I'll just have to be content cutting off the stem.

sde1500
08/01/2017, 12:31 PM
should have been more specific sorry, I use the exacto to cut corals completely off the plug.

Gladmaker
08/01/2017, 12:41 PM
OK - so I'm just cutting the stem off and gluing that to the rocks. Hopefully they will eventually cover the plug.
Thanks for the input.

jkellyii02588
08/12/2017, 08:23 PM
Remove coral from plug and glue directly to rock, it will recover.

jkellyii02588
08/12/2017, 08:25 PM
Glued last night.

jkellyii02588
08/12/2017, 08:27 PM
Sorry here is photo

jkellyii02588
08/12/2017, 08:28 PM
Wow, here you go.

jkellyii02588
08/13/2017, 06:40 PM
This forum is dead.

abrooks12376
08/13/2017, 07:15 PM
This forum is dead.This isn't your thread???

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Gladmaker
08/13/2017, 08:50 PM
This forum is dead.

Why do you say it's dead?

Aresangel
09/01/2017, 08:43 PM
An idea for you... rock is very brittle. Drill holes into your rock with a drill but the width of the plug. Little glue on the bottom if you want otherwise slide the plug in and the zoas will encrust over the gaps and spread to the rock to get your desired effect. Since you need to take the rock out anyways why not spend 30 seconds drilling it?


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