It's gonna happen sooner or later, so I figured I might as well get it started...
Post up your info for DIY frag disks, plugs, & rocks (might as well do rocks as well as they're usually the same or at least a similar mix). We'll keep it all in here vs the general DIY section.
Recipes, pictures, forms and anything else you got.
I gotta get some pics of mine tomorrow or so, but I'll post up the info first & get this thread started.
Warning: SG fumes = bad. Do this with ventilation
If you want/need a low number of something to frag your corals onto, Sand disks might be a good option for you. Work best for zoos & other short softies. Many have observed that corals spread/grow slightly better over calcium based substrates, hence the use of aragonite type sand. I've witnessed this myself with some frags that came in on solid rocks (pebble kind) and I fraged some and got a lot better growth from the frags vs the 3 left on the rock.
For the super glue, I prefer Duro brand (very quick setting) vs. "Super Glue" brand (dries way too slow), I haven't used other brands, but you'd want a fast-setting liquid type(not gel).
All you need is:
1 - Aragonite Sand
2 - Super glue.
3 - random small container
Pour your sand into whatever container you have on-hand, preferable at least a 1" sand depth so you don't glue right to the container itself. Level off the sand, and pour the superglue into it, I recommend about a 1" diameter. The glue will seep into the sand and then harden, leaving you a nice sturdy disk to glue your frags onto.
If these frags are going in your main tank, and you have a sand substrate, then these are virtually invisible when placed on your sandbed. They also sit on eggcrate just fine, as long as you make them with an adequate diameter.
Idea taken from the Eric Borneman propagation video(just mentions it).
If you have a very high-flow SPS frag tank, or work with higher growing coral then you'd probably want the peg-style frag plugs so they don't fall over. Sand/SG isn't as easy to form into a set shape, so you'd be better off with the portland cement based mixes. The portland based ones also work better for larger number production.
Edited by Daemonfly, 11 July 2006 - 09:37 PM.