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Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby DanMang » Wed 03 Sep, 2014 1:56 pm

Okay so I'm getting to the point where I am about to donate every loose morph I own and never own another one again.

I have roughly 50+ morphs of varying size and colour that I have floating around in my refugium that simply will not attach to any surface whatsoever.
I have tried putting them into containers with coral rubble for a fortnight+, I have tried elastic banding them to LR rubble, I have tried super gluing them to rocks, I have tried letting them free float in my display to lodge themselves somewhere on their own accord and I've tried covering them in mesh over rock.

Not ONE single morph has grabbed on to anything.

I am at my whits end, people say these are one of the easiest corals to work with, but I have fragged zoos, Euphyllia and LPS with a 50,000% better success rate.

Help?
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby trash » Wed 03 Sep, 2014 6:08 pm

I used to use the mesh stuff that you buy oranges in. I'd put it over a piece of rock, secure it with rubber bands and then place the morphs under the mesh onto the rock. It did the job for me. It's also important to make sure you place the rock where the current isn't too strong.
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby Jlangtree » Wed 03 Sep, 2014 9:26 pm

For them to attach, place the rubble in a peg basket (or anything that is plastic and has holes not large enough for the morphs to get out through.

Place the morphs in the basket (in my experience I have found that they attach best with almost NO flow blowing them around.

Ones that are hard to attach I place in a small glass jar with a few pieces of rubble in it (no top of course) that way there is almost nowhere to move except onto the rubble
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby gnadymmij » Thu 04 Sep, 2014 12:24 am

Pass them my way mate, I'm in need of some new corals. :)
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby DanMang » Tue 09 Sep, 2014 6:24 pm

Haha gnadymmij you might just get some at the rate.

I've collected them all and returned them to my fuge in an eggcrate/flyscreen basket contraption and so far so good. I've got about 4 of the 10 attached to some coral rubble in the basket. I think i might just leave them for a good month to make sure they all find their place and then look at returning them to see how they go.

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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby DanMang » Tue 09 Sep, 2014 6:26 pm

Also, If anyone else is reading this the get ideas on how to fix them in place, I don't recommend superglue gel..... all it did was burn holes through the tissue of each morph.
But in saying that, every morph that was damaged has split at the wound and have started to heal up, so it could potentially be an easy and fool proof fragging option haha
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby Mr Miagi » Tue 09 Sep, 2014 10:25 pm

No, super glue, super glue gel, putting rubber bands on them, holding them down with onion bag. Nothing like it has ever worked for me. What I have done, is put them in a container with super low flow, and with a layer of coarse sand. Once the foot has "picked" up some sand, I then use super glue gel on that to add some SMALL pieces of LR rubble to the sand, and slowly get bigger LR pieces. Otherwise they tend to just float around in search for a better habitat. I guess its a natural distribution method to get somewhere more suitable.
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby Azedenkae » Sat 20 Sep, 2014 9:56 am

I think that's the keyword.

They will attach when they are happy. So maybe your tank currently has something/is not optimal and is ticking them off?
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby chromus » Sun 21 Sep, 2014 12:32 am

I used to drill holes in the frag plug (1mm) and then stitch them to the plug.

Then I realised they are a nuisance and got rid of most of them :spit:
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Re: Morphs. How on earth do people do this?

Postby Morphology » Wed 05 Nov, 2014 7:18 pm

we sit them in tanks of shell grit with super low flow and they eventually attach. Like Mr Miagi we then glue to the preferred surface. We've found they just love to attach deeper into the shell grit and extend out as they like. Too much light and they detach and I will find them months later under a rock.
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