Taking corals off of plugs.

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  1. Donttouchthebutt

    Donttouchthebutt Member

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    So I have a couple corals that came on plugs and I’m not exactly sure how to take them off and attach them to my live rock. One is a frogspawn and one is a small Zoa colony.
     
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    Mark Derail Active Member R2R Supporter

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    I want to know also. I have some palythoas that I'd like to relocate w/o killing them, or myself, or my DT inhabitants.
    Aren't zoas in the same dangerous category?

    Zoas & Palys resemble each other, kissing cousins?
     
  3. kashman100

    kashman100 Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    Frogspawn you can just cut the skeleton close to the plug with bone cutters or even needle nose can break it off....For the Zoas take a chisel and get under it taking some of the plug off with it. Wear eye protection and gloves
     
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    if it hasn't overgrown the glue the easiest I have found is to get a flat headed screw driver our something similar and wedge between the glue and the plug it doesn't work all the time but most of the time it does
     
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    Zoas, scrape them off the surface with a razor blade.
    Frogspawn, you might be able to pull the trunk off the plug or for with a saw.
    Some people also just cut or break the stem off the plug and glue the plug base to the rock.
     
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    +1
     
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    For anything with the glue showing I have been successful with razor blade/paint scraper. Little easier than a screwdriver imo
     
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    This is what I do. I use bone cutters to break off sps frags then glue them on a new plug or my aquascape. If the glue is fairly fresh you can usually snap the glue from the plug.
     
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    Break the glue free with bone cutters. Usually people use bsi glue which hardens, what i do is just squeeze it witb bone cutters then it will just shatter the glue.
     
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    never pry with a razor blade I have seen them almost explode it's a very bad idea
     
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    I have a very very sharp chisel.
     
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    Nola Bear Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers

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    More so for sps, but also for Zoas—if you have a fully encrusted plug, I have used a pair of dykes and snipped the leg off the plug, leaving the encrusted disk to mount on my rock work.
     
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