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Mushroom (discosoma) Fragging 101

Discussion in 'Coral Propagation and Aquaculture' started by mikejrice, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. mikejrice

    mikejrice Sardine Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    [video=youtube;7mNeEL1zPOY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mNeEL1zPOY[/video]

    Methodology:


    For propagating mushrooms I use two different primary techniques one in the water and one out.


    In order to get them to split more rapidly, I use a clean razor blade to cut them, while in the home system, starting at the center of the mouth and working out towards the edge. This will generally cause them to either split or shoot out a baby mushroom at the cut spot.


    Dividing colonies is done with a hammer a chisel used to break small pieces of the colony rock off under the mushroom. This eliminates the need for low flow settlement areas or labor intensive attaching procedures.


    After mushrooms are separated from the mother colony, I use a small dab of reef blue to attach their base rocks onto small rubble rock for resale.


    If there's a specific species you would like to see fragged, leave a comment below.
     
  2. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thank you for posting this. If I still had my jaw breaker I'd let you try to split it haha. But awesome to watch and read I'd love to see a picture of the rock in a month or how every log it takes to split/grow a baby. Love all the videos you post!
     
  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Very nice video, thank you for posting!
     
  4. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    No way I'd try splitting my mommy jaw breaker, but tempted to try splitting a baby.
     
  5. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D.

    Great video as always. I'd love to see a series of photos as the cut mushrooms heal and split.
     

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