Mounting Frags: What works best for you? Tips & Tricks

Do you have any coral frag mounting tricks or tips you have learned that really help you?

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Matt Carden

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I was hoping for more tips for mounting frags to aquascape underwater. However I got some marine 2 part epoxy from one of the big box stores, I believe made by loc-tite. It made a heck of a mess, stringy everywhere. It took awhile to set but once it did the coral frags stayed put. I did separate the coral from the plug before epoxy. The white epoxy around the coral was unsightly.
 
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I do mostly softies. The size and shape determines how I do it. Usually If it’s something like sinularia or any branching coral I cut off a branch and sandwich between two small rocks held together with a rubber band. If it’s something like a toadstool or devils hand I cut off a small piece, push a toothpick through near the bottom and wrap a rubber band around the toothpick and a small rock to hold the frag down. Just don’t make band too tight. In both cases after a couple of weeks make sure coral is attached, remove toothpick and bands and glue the coral and rock in your reef. Gallery aquatics has a pretty good video on YouTube
 

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For fragging softies I typically use rubber bands around the coral and a rock - I try to make sure to have the rubber band is snug but not so tight that it is splitting the coral in two frags. I'm not a fan of fragging my frags @VSVP bet .

For most SPS I use Loctite Super Glue 'Gel Control'. The bottles are relatively inexpensive and can be used underwater if needed. I like these containers because they only release glue when the external tabs are squeezed. I've found that putting glue on the frag and wiggling/twisting it around in the glue is most effective when working underwater.

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What I do, is cut the frag discs plug off flush to where its just a flat ceramic disc. Then I get an 1/8th inch drill bit and drill a hole in the center of it. Then super glue in an 1/8the inch acrylic rod. Usually about 2 inches long. Sometimes if I get a shipment and the plugs to big, I’ll trim off the excess with a dremmel and diamond blade. Then drill it and glue in the rod. Or just remount it on a premade plug that’s already been pegged. It can be a pain sometimes holding a 1 inch plug with a coral already mounted on it, and drilling at the same time. You have to be really careful you don’t drill through the plug to far and drill the coral. Or your hand for that matter. Lol! All my rock work is drilled in various places with 1/8th inch holes to “PEG” the corals. Nothing is glued in. If warfare arises, just relocate. Easy peasy! I do like to rearrange things also from time to time. Of course some encrust over the plug and are more permanent.
 

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I use a sandwich: gel superglue,-epoxy- gel superglue; and attack everything everywhere.
The only thing I can't do is glue some lps to the lower glass, they always come off from the glass! does anyone have any tricks?
 
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The best way I have found to mount SPS on plugs is to use a drop of gel superglue, a pea sized ball of epoxy putty, and then another drop of gel superglue on top of that, then stick the stick in it. Works everytime, and there’s no mess! Try it, you’ll become a believer!
That's what I do too, using putty. Works great!
 

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I’m not sure if it applies and it’s not specific to glueing frags to frag plugs but using disposable gloves anytime using coral glue has saved me a lot of frustration.
 

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SPS seem to like to encrust on reef putty the best.

I first let the frags totally encrust the plug. Then, I cut the bottom from the base and form reef putty around the base. Once it is formed I use a small amount of epoxy to glue the plug to the formed putty and then, while the putty is still soft I use epoxy to glue and push the soft putty into a hole on the rock. I think this helps the coral to encrust faster. But who knows, maybe is is all in my head. These coral have only been glued for a couple of months.

See examples below...

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Not ready yet... (These guys still have to encrust the plugs)

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Here is the putty I use...
 

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Superglue and paper towels.

The best trick I learned is drying the coral before trying to attach. Superglue works much better on 2 dry surfaces. I am going to try my instant cure trick on my next plugs I will update with results. Baking soda makes superglue instantly cure. So next frags I get will be using the trick I dont see anything bad happening just going to keep the baking soda away from the corals and rinse it all off.
Let me know if it is a bad idea?
 

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I not a frag plug guy, so if coral encrusted on plug take a pair of tile nippers.(ceramic tile) and snip off stem. Then I bond disk to rockwork with coral putty.
 

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For myself, I have a bare bottom tank and I try to avoid having frag racks on the side of my glass if possible. What I’ve started doing is using frags plugs upside down like below

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Eventually when they get large enough and I have a place to mount them, I just cut the large flat part off and mount the stem to my rocks. You can hardly tell it was a frag plug, below is a frag that was growing on a upside down plug then mounted to my rocks. Fits right in!
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For myself, I have a bare bottom tank and I try to avoid having frag racks on the side of my glass if possible. What I’ve started doing is using frags plugs upside down like below

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Eventually when they get large enough and I have a place to mount them, I just cut the large flat part off and mount the stem to my rocks. You can hardly tell it was a frag plug, below is a frag that was growing on a upside down plug then mounted to my rocks. Fits right in!
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Perfect!!!
 

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I make little flat rounds out of Marco cement on wax paper. Let dry, remove, place in jar for further use. Acros use small rounds, glue acro to round then glue round to rock. They can be easily removed if needed or encrust over a small round piece. Works nicely and cheap.
 
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