Using Plexiglass scrap as frag plugs

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  1. aqua-escaping

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    Hi Guys
    Fragging zoas off ceramic disk isnt as easy as i thought. Is it possible to use scrap plastic from TAPS plastic as my frag plug? My thought will be to grow my colonies on a flat sheet then when it comes time to frag it would be easy to cut and scrape off with a blade since its smooth and not pourous. Whats your thoughts?
     
  2. Piper

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    Should be just fine. That actually sounds like a really good idea. There are a couple of vendors that make acrylic plugs now but probably a little to small for what you're thinking. Post some pics!
     
  3. denzil

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    I actually have the Pro frag plugs from Matt at Aqua Exotic and was thinking of grouping them together consecutively on a frag rack so that when it came time to actual fragging, I'd just separate them by their individual frag plugs. However, using acrylic may be a comparable idea. :)
     
  4. BAYMAC

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    You must have read Matt's article in RHM where he talks about that as a feature :)

    http://www.reefhobbyistmagazine.com/downloads/pdf/version20.pdf
     
  5. denzil

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    I actually didn't see his article until you mentioned it but I did recall him talking about that when I first saw them. I passed by AE this past Saturday and asked if Matt was still making them but it didn't seem like Matt had been there lately. I hope to get a hold of him to see if he's still having them made because I'd prefer to use those frag plugs than anything else out there.
     
  6. BAYMAC

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    He's not there on the weekends usually. If you catch him there then, it means the other Matt got a rare weekend off.

    Matt is still making them and is ramping up production. Pm me with your email, I'll connect you with Matt.
     
  7. jyg

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    I generally use a knife, dikes or bone cutters to cut the frag plug out from under the animal, leaving a layer of plug material. Which tool I use depends on the type of coral, the material of the plug and the angles I'll have to cut at. Once I have this layer of plug material, I can use glue/putty between that and the destination LR. It takes a bit of precision work, but it not really difficult and I think its a lot safer for the animals than what I used to do which was taking an xacto and slicing the animal as low as possible off the plug. I fragged a few magician palys for a friend the other morning, just as described, and they were open in his tank the next day.

    jyg
     
  8. gimmito

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    Pics would be nice. :)
     
  9. svk

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    If its plastic use a blade and get under tissue. Cutting plastic sucks....Prefer ceramic.
     

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