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Coral Fragging Methods

Depending on the type of coral you want to frag, choose one of these six coral fragging methods.

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Use one of these six fragging methods to successfully frag many different types of corals kept in the home reef aquarium.

Method: Rubble-bottom tank
Coral Type: Difficult-to-attach corals, such as common mushroom corals (Actinodiscus spp.) and hairy mushrooms like Ricordea yuma, Xena and colt corals, leathers, devil's hand, zoanthids and toadstools.


Method: Rubble tray
Coral Type: Xenia, colt and mushroom corals, and almost any other soft corals


Method: Rubber bands
Coral Type: Soft corals, branching leather corals (Sinularia spp.), tree corals (Nephthea spp.), devil's hand corals (Lobophytum spp.) and Xenia


Method: Fishing line and needle
Coral Type: With sewing needle: branching leathers, leather cabba (Sinularia dura), toadstool (Sarcophyton spp.), devil's hand and tree corals. Without sewing needle: star polyps, Anthelia, clove polyps (Clavularia spp.) and zoanthids.


Method: Plastic toothpicks
Coral Type: Xenia and large mushroom frags, and soft branching corals, such as leather, devil's hand, Capnella and Nephthea corals.


Method: Passive fragging
Coral Type: Star polyps, Anthelia, zoanthids, Xenia, mushroom corals and colt corals.

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