If you eventually start to produce a lot
of mounted frags, the time will come
when you’ll want to set up a whole tank
just to keep them in until they reach a
good size for trading/selling. I’ve even
seen one hobbyist’s garage that was
completely filled with tanks full of
frags. No need to go that far though, as
I’ve seen frags being reared in a lighted
sump tank under a main tank, too—no
new tank needed.
So you can trade them off, auction
them, sell them, maybe get store credit
for them, etc., which can help to fill
your own tank and/or reduce the cost of
maintaining it. But it goes a bit further
than that even still. Every time you get
a new coral that was made by fragging
another one, whether it’s by a hobbyist
or an aquaculture business, etc., it’s one
less coral that’s collected from the wild.
Thus, I highly recommend that you try
fragging your own corals, or at least buy
aquacultured corals raised from frags.
To finish up, if you want to find
out more about fragging various
corals, including softies, there’s a
ton of information at the Geothermal
Aquaculture Research Foundation’s
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Plating corals, like Montipora, can be fragged
just like any other SPS corals; this frag (above)
over time covered all evidence of the epoxy
used to affix it in place (below).
website ( www.garf.org). There’s also the
Book of Coral Propagation by Anthony
Calfo (Reading Trees, 2001), which
is a good one for your collection, too.
Between these two sources, I think
pretty much anything you might want to
know about the topic of coral fragging
Enjoy your frags!