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Diy frag plugs


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    tazzy695 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Diy frag plugs

    well I promised I would post this these are the same plugs I am selling in the selling forum

    first I went to lowes or hd and purchased some tile mortar the stuff used for setting it not the grout 50lb bag for $10 makes tons of plugs

    I also bought some hard nylon 3/8" tubing for the posts

    first I take the tubing and cut it in aprox 1" pieces and set aside

    then I take some ro water and mix the tile mortar to a thick but pourable consistency mainly I want it as thick as possible so I can scoop a spoon full out and dump it with just a little bit stuck to the spoon

    next I have some mini muffin pans that I spray with common cooking spray and start pouring the mortar into them about 1/4" to 1/2" thick let sit for about 10 to 20 min

    after sitting to set up a little usually 10 to 20 min the mixture is setting up anough to hold the pieces of tubing strait without falling over this is trial and error process to figure out exact time for each batch

    then let sit for at least one day once tubing is inserted to cure to hard and be able to hold shape when removed form the pan/mold

    let cure for another 2 days till completely dry then they are ready for immediate use or secondary water curing if you like

    I never had any issues with ph using them strait up and nor has anyone else I know of that use these

    I have dropped over 100 of these in my sump with no issue
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
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    Nice. Simple and effective. Thank you for sharing.

    However, I'm not a fan of plugs. Would you see any issue with adding some aragonite and/or shells to these to add texture and create rubble?

    Tom

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    tazzy695 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    well when i first started reefing I used to use shells as fragplugs baught them at walmart in the flower decoration area fairly cheap and they worked goood
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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