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Old 01/05/2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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Fragged my Elegance Coral

I decided to take the bold move and frag one of my Elegance corals. Since I have a 20 gallon tank space is a premium and I have two of these beauties. The one I fragged was an aussie with a cone shaped skeleton like the indo versions. It's been quite healthy and eating well so I decided to give it a try.

Since I don't have a dremmel tool, I used a fine saw to cut the bone and a box cutter knife to cut the flesh. The cone skeleton from it's tip diverged into three cone shaped heads, so I decided to cut along those lines and create three frags.

This is what it looked like a couple of weeks ago before fragging.


After cutting them last night this is what the three major frags look like one day later (the ones on the tank floor).


And here are closeups of each of the three new frags.






Hopefully they can heal up nicely without getting any infection, I will feed them mysis shrimp to build up their strength.

When cutting with the saw, I also inadvertantly ended up with one tiny frag which has a few tenticles on it. I don't think this frag has a mouth, but I'm wondering will it survive and regenerate a mouth like mushrooms do?




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Old 01/05/2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Wow....you have a lot of guts to try that!!! They look great, congrats! Let me know if you decide to sell one


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Old 01/05/2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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They look beautiful! Hats off to you for trying it, regardless of the outcome.

Can I ask the specifics of your tank? Liights bioload, filteration etc.
How long have you had the Elegence corals?

If you are interested in selling one of them I'd also be interested in buying one.

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Old 01/05/2008, 08:35 PM   #4
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Details of my 20 gallon nano-reef tank can be found here:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1265753

I'm going to wait at least 2 to 3 months to make sure the frags are fully recovered and healthy before selling them.


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Old 01/06/2008, 06:18 AM   #5
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Re: Fragged my Elegance Coral

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Originally posted by Sandeep

When cutting with the saw, I also inadvertantly ended up with one tiny frag which has a few tenticles on it. I don't think this frag has a mouth, but I'm wondering will it survive and regenerate a mouth like mushrooms do?

I don't know if it will survive or not, but I would sure like to find out. I hope you can keep us posted on this little guys condition.

BTW, that is one incredible nano tank.


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Old 01/06/2008, 07:27 AM   #6
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When I fragged my aussie elegance I had a small frag like that chip off one end. Its a little smaller than dime sized. Its still alive after a month. Growing slowly, and hasn't developed a mouth yet, but looks healthy and is developing new tentacles. Just keep it off the sand and somewhere it will not get picked on and it should be fine. Best of luck with the little guy.


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Old 01/06/2008, 09:21 AM   #7
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Good to know that the little guy may have a fighting chance.

We shall see, I will keep this thread updated with developments concerning all the frags.


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Old 01/06/2008, 01:14 PM   #8
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I'd also like to get in line for the final larger frag.

PM me if it is still in good shape when you feel its ready to go!


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Old 01/12/2008, 05:38 PM   #9
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Just wanted to provide an update. The frags have expanded nicely and are behaving normally without showing any signs of infection from their cuts.

Here is a group shot of the three happy frags (along with my unfragged other elegance shown in the top right)



Here are images of each frag







The little tiny 4th frag is also doing well and shows some growth. I flipped him over so that his photosynthetic skin points upwards.



Do you think I should put the little guy in a antibiotic dip to ensure that he does not get any infection from his cut, or should I leave him alone?


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:42 PM   #10
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The cut looks relativly clean... you should be fine... thats good PE... so far so good!~ looks like its going to make it!

NICE FRAGS BTW


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:55 PM   #11
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All I can saw is WOW very nice.


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:33 PM   #12
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Sandeep what is that red coral in the bottom right bubble coral?


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Old 01/13/2008, 12:06 AM   #13
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It looks like a bubble, but it's actually another LPS a Cynarina Coral.

He really likes to puff up like a bubble when he's happy, here is another image of him.




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Old 01/13/2008, 06:05 AM   #14
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Glad they are doing good for you. That little guy looks fine. I'd just leave it be.


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Old 01/14/2008, 09:19 AM   #15
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congrats on the sucessfull fraging .on a side note though you have some red hair alge growing. i had that stuff once it realy took over the tank mex turbo snails were the only thing i found that would eat it.hope this helps before it gets out of control.


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Old 01/14/2008, 09:42 PM   #16
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Ok, I'm going to leave the little frag alone and hope for the best.

Thanks for the tip, just picked up a mexican turbo snail, he's a bit large for my 20 gallon nano, but he's going at that pesky red algea like gangbusters.


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Old 01/15/2008, 11:48 AM   #17
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no problem at all glad to help.hope i can be as sucessfull as you with my elegance it is a monster and i realy dont need 10-12 inches of elegance in my 30 reef lol .


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Old 01/23/2008, 08:53 PM   #18
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The tiny little guy is growing surprisingly fast so far and is now slightly smaller than the size of a quarter. Not only is the existing tissue expanding, but he's even grown new tissue and new tentacles that you can see in the photograph on his lower right side. It looks like he is trying to complete the disk, it will be interesting to see if that's a mouth developing in the middle.



I've now sold two of the three larger frags. Here is a updated family photo showing the little guy in the bottom left, the remaining frag in the top middle and my other unfragged elegance at home on the top right.




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Old 01/23/2008, 09:03 PM   #19
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Are you Elegance from Indo or Aussie?

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Old 01/23/2008, 09:11 PM   #20
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The frags are from an Aussie and the large unfragged one in the top right is of unknown origin


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Old 01/23/2008, 09:34 PM   #21
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Hi Sandeep,

Thanks for your reply. Where did you purchase your Aussie Elegance from?

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Old 01/23/2008, 10:00 PM   #22
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LFS up here in Toronto.


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Old 01/23/2008, 11:06 PM   #24
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I'm glad your frag has gone so well. I hope other people who have this really interesting coral will see what you have done and decide to frag theirs as well. Maybe then we won't have to deal with corals with ECD. Glad to see you took the plunge and its been so successful.


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Old 01/24/2008, 01:58 AM   #25
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That tiny frag & it's fast growth(without a mouth) may be a testament that feeding isn't as important as some may think. I know when I had an elegance years ago it grew to monstrous proportions & I never fed it.


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