Leather coral fragging discussion/advice

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Hey all, I’m working on revamping my 180 and now I need to deal with my leather coral. Iv had it going on 4 years now. Started the size of a quarter but now is massive see pics.

Im looking for any advice on fragging this large piece. Iv watched some videos. Still not sure which method to go with for attaching. I’m hoping to attach them to bio block pieces I have pre cycled in my sump. Let’s hear some experiences.
I moved this out of 3 older systems Iv owned and have it attached to a base so the whole coral can easily be taken out of the tank.


Things I wonder:

1: Is anyone interested in frags of this coral?
I could possibly cut different sizes. Thinking not much smaller then 3x3. Or is someone possibly interested in the whole thing or half? This coral is home to my clownfish so I’d like to keep something like a 6x6 piece in the end for them.

2: Can I hack this thing up and stick it back into the tank? Iv grabbed some carbon which I can run through a reactor and if I went this method all frags would be going into the sump to heal and large leftover back in the display. The display is pretty well stocked with inverts fish and other corals. This method worry’s me.

3: Should I be setting up a whole separate temporary system for fragging this size leather? I’m not currently setup for this although it seems like the best option. I could probably rig up a 40g tote or something but not sure if this is worth the trouble.


Lastly growing up this leather always had long polyps. About a year and a half ago a foxface I had started to eat all the polyps. It took a while to catch the fish and the damage was done. The coral healed but new polyps never grew past an inch or so. Will they ever grow back to former glory?
Iv attached pics of the coral before the munch when it was small and medium and how it’s currently sitting and my tank.

I’m located in Ontario 91762
 

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Nice leather.......
several different ways to frag. Mine, I have done For one that size, I would slice (dont hack please LOL), new, sharp blade. Slice like a pizza 1) all the way to bottom of base. Cut off base or 2) or all the way through and leave 1/2 an inch or so still attached to base. Once healed, cut of the "slices" of the base. Run carbon either way.
 

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OldReefGuy I love pizza
and I kind of like the idea of (precisely) slicing the pieces but leaving them attached to the base to mostly heal. The reaction of the leather in the tank is all that scares me about this. Am I overthinking the coral toxin thing?

Also I do have a few 20G long tanks that iv used copper in. I'm assuming these are a no go for possible fragging tanks?
 

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OldReefGuy I love pizza
and I kind of like the idea of (precisely) slicing the pieces but leaving them attached to the base to mostly heal. The reaction of the leather in the tank is all that scares me about this. Am I overthinking the coral toxin thing?

Also I do have a few 20G long tanks that iv used copper in. I'm assuming these are a no go for possible fragging tanks?
The best way is outside of tank when you cut....minimizing any residual toxin's....and then run carbon for a day or so......
 

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