Fragging Micro Zoas Advice?

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  1. BrandonP

    BrandonP Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    I have some Paradise zoas that I acquired from LC. Fortunately they are growing very well and are outgrowing their plug. I have fragged zoas many many times with great success. With that said, I have never fragged zoas that are this tiny. Can any one provide any tips when fragging these tiny polyps? IMG_0354.JPG

    Thanks!
     

  2. ebushrow

    ebushrow Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I usually just make them mad (so they close up) then take a sharp razor blade, cut the connecting tissue and scrape under the zoa to get it up off of the plug ( I use a a scalpel personally and a new blade with each individual). Just wear gloves, eye protection, and a respirator mask....never take risks with zoas as you know.
     
  3. ChiCity

    ChiCity Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Along with what ebush said,
    Use a new scalpel, and I personally wouldn't undercut the zoas...
    It's probably better to just cut the frag plug where you've made the incision into the connective tissue with the aforementioned scalpel.
    If you don't have a bandsaw, then get a really good pair of bone cutters.
    The reason not to undercut is because if you accidentally poke the zoa with the scalpel they'll just ooze out and melt.
     
  4. Mariners

    Mariners Well-Known Member

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    There is a video by jasonporksandwich showing fragging diff zs and ps in this forum. He uses a scalpel and sharps shears to break the frags into small pieces and then dips it in iodine.
     
  5. joshporksandwic

    joshporksandwic Zoa addict Staff Member Team R2R R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor

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    Aqua vitro bone cutters are great
     
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    Mariners Well-Known Member

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    Its the man himself, thx btw for posting that video, i found it extremely useful. I was trying to figure out those shears u had so i found one at a gardening place that was strong and sharp. Thx for info on that vitro bone cutter.
     
  7. joshua rivera

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    Does anyone have any paradise zoa available? Thanks in advance
     
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    ChiCity Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Those aren’t the OG paradise zoas
     
  9. joshua rivera

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    Look very alike
     
  10. ChiCity

    ChiCity Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    They do, very similar, but they’re not the OG’s...
    I had em, bought em from mr coral (rip) back in 2011.
    Not my pic
    27EB2B4D-00D0-4942-A244-010FD0049241.jpeg
    For being a smaller zoa, their vivid mouths and glittery skirts really popped and outshined a bunch of common (now) zoas that were popular and in demand at that time like clementines, hornets, utter chaos, etc...
     
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    Yeah definitely a big difference from the pic above! Although I think they possibly might just not be colored in enough...
     
  12. BrandonP

    BrandonP Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    I’m going to frag them up, and test them under higher lighting. I’m thinking maybe higher light will bring more of the turquoise specks come out! Other than the specks they look pretty similar. It’d be awesome to try to get them to look like the OGs. I got mine from LC after Reefbuilders did an article on them.
     
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