Coral Fragging Methods

Depending on the type of coral you want to frag, choose one of these six coral fragging methods.

Use one of these six fragging methods to successfully frag many different types of corals kept in the home reef aquarium.

Method: Rubble-bottom tank
Coral Type: Difficult-to-attach corals, such as common mushroom corals (Actinodiscus spp.) and hairy mushrooms like Ricordea yuma, Xena and colt corals, leathers, devil’s hand, zoanthids and toadstools.


Method: Rubble tray
Coral Type: Xenia, colt and mushroom corals, and almost any other soft corals


Method: Rubber bands
Coral Type: Soft corals, branching leather corals (Sinularia spp.), tree corals (Nephthea spp.), devil’s hand corals (Lobophytum spp.) and Xenia


Method: Fishing line and needle
Coral Type: With sewing needle: branching leathers, leather cabba (Sinularia dura), toadstool (Sarcophyton spp.), devil’s hand and tree corals. Without sewing needle: star polyps, Anthelia, clove polyps (Clavularia spp.) and zoanthids.


Method: Plastic toothpicks
Coral Type: Xenia and large mushroom frags, and soft branching corals, such as leather, devil’s hand, Capnella and Nephthea corals.


Method: Passive fragging
Coral Type: Star polyps, Anthelia, zoanthids, Xenia, mushroom corals and colt corals.

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