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PostSubject: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:47 pm

so i wish i could have taken a pick of it right before this fragging as it had touched the 55 gallon aquarium front to back.as i was admiring it i noticed it was trying to attach to a rather large rock on my system and without though i went in and tried to move him.being a little to forcefull i ripped a small piece of the stalk and at that point decided screw it its already hurt lets cut it up. its called FRAG FEVER. Twisted Evil
any how here is a pick a little prior to me cutting it.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:55 am

here it is outside the tank all angry.its actualy kinda heavy.its still on the little frag tile i got it on.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:00 am

i used a brand new razor blade and cut in from the out side and then cut along the outer rim of the cap.slow and steady.
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it will start to ooze so above a bucket of the tank water.some my friend uses an air stone in the bucket to help with the slough off of the slime but i am going to do water changes to the bucket from my main tank periodicaly.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:05 am

and almost finished.
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here we have the outer rim removed from the cap.
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on a folded piece of plastic i cut the rim into inch squares.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:08 am

almost like cooking.
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CHOP CHOP.
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a handfull of frags.. Smile awww yeah..
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:09 am

here is the mother almost cowering from the molestation. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:39 pm

that looks traumatic, but yet i have seen it since and looks fine, but wow, just wow... thats beyond my comfort zone of fragging, lol...
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:57 pm

yeah it was crazy..you have no idea how much slime came of.like cups of it literaly.i had to change the bucket out 6 times before it wasnt gunking itself up and i felt remotely safe putting it back into my tank.long ago mike at MVP told me to just cut it in half to frag it.i took him the wrong way and cut it right through the center down the stem too.needless to say that is not the right way but it bounced back.since then i am confident that this coral could make it and be a good practive for when i do the turbinaria coral.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:46 pm

wow that's some cool fragging. That is a big coral. Now you have plenty to share, hooray! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:49 pm

yeah i have already distributed a number of these guys so i will have access to this type if this tank goes down hill.the frags are doing great and are already growing. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:43 pm

nice! I have one that is similar but maybe not quite the same. Hard to tell. The one you gave me recently is growing like crazy. And that thing always has its (long) polyps out... super cool
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:44 am

you will have to post a pic especialy when it mushrooms out.i am glad it is working out.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:23 am

here's the beauty Smile







and just for you bert, the brain you coralsat for a year or so... this tank needs to do a lot of maturing and is kinda thrown together but eventually it will be a bigger tank with more stuff... stuff from bert... Laughing




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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:31 am

looking good man.looking good.that frag will soon get a stem and mushroom out.i gotta get you some blue tubs in there to ofset the red.what is in the middle there?mushrooms?
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:39 am

i have your blues in my 46... but i am not averse to more for other tanks Smile not at aaaall... I have more zoas for you too. That sarco (that this thread was all about) would be cool to add to this tank.

The ones in the middle are those blueish greenish cool zoas i gave you recently. They really like a LOT of light apparently because they are up near the top and stretched out. I should try them in my 46 with the dual 250's... they might rock in there (like the blues- they love that light). I've got more of that purple cactus on the bottom there (up for trade anyone Smile I have LOTS of purple pavona) and the fast growing green hydnophora in the top middle.

did you see that cool coral banded shrimp in that cave? He picked that spot out first thing and has remained- i love it.

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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:51 am

Great pics! Are you using a point and shoot camera or do you have a SLR with a macro lens? I'm wondering if using a camera with a manual focus lens is the key to getting great pics like those.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:42 pm

thanks! I have a nikon D70 which was the bomb back in the day when i got it but now you can get one used for nothing comparatively. It is a nice DSLR though. I dont have a macro lens- i really want one but i sold mine years ago for recording stuff (I am always switching from one hobby to another). So for this I pulled back a little and zoomed in in order to focus. A macro lens would open up an amazing world of opportunities so I hope I can figure out a way to get one.

Also, photo editing programs help SO MUCH to get the color right. With white balance on DSLRs it is so hard to get a true picture so being able to edit the saturation, tint, etc helps to get you to what it really looks like under those lights.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:17 am

damn i love those tanks, you do great pics shutterfish...
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Fragging Sarcophyton   Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:13 am

thanks!
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