Torch growth and fragging

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I posted a while back about feeding torches and received some advice that definitely worked.

Now that I see additional heads splitting off, I'm curious how long ppl usually wait before fragging these.

I get it that the skin/meat needs to be fully separated where I want to cut. But how much new skeleton should I wait for?

I haven't really noticed a lot of new skeleton below the new heads. When I Google torch fragging videos it looks like it's mostly ppl cutting up wild pieces that have a lot of branching under the heads.

Does this make sense? I really only see 1 branch still even though I now have 3-4 heads. Do I need to wait for more branching to grow?

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I posted a while back about feeding torches and received some advice that definitely worked.

Now that I see additional heads splitting off, I'm curious how long ppl usually wait before fragging these.

I get it that the skin/meat needs to be fully separated where I want to cut. But how much new skeleton should I wait for?

I haven't really noticed a lot of new skeleton below the new heads. When I Google torch fragging videos it looks like it's mostly ppl cutting up wild pieces that have a lot of branching under the heads.

Does this make sense? I really only see 1 branch still even though I now have 3-4 heads. Do I need to wait for more branching to grow?

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You can frag as soon as they're separated even if the flesh is touching just make sure the skeletons are separated. I have successfully had some survive splitting the skeleton but its a risk that usually isnt worth it. Ideally you want to cut below the flesh but depending on the variant it may not be feasible. Some torches separate significantly and others are tighter, those you have to take precaution when cutting.
 
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Give them plenty of time to grow before fragging. Sometimes they will brake all apart if your not careful or use the wrong tools.
 
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I think it will depend on what you're using to cut the skeleton. If you have access to a fancy bandsaw you can do it closer to the heads with minimal damage to the skeleton. If you are doing it by hand with bone cutters/pliers, you'll definitely want there to be a good amount of grown out skeleton because even sharp bone cutters end up crushing as they cut, which can crack the branch up into the flesh area damaging the coral.
 

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