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Old 06/01/2020, 10:36 AM   #1
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Help trimming large hammer

I have a beautiful healthy large green hammer coral that is overgrowing a couple of neighbor corals. It is currently larger than a football and keeps propagating new branches.
I dont want it overwhelming my tank nor do I want to endanger it by trimming it the wrong way.
To make it more complicated, it sits about 28-30 deep in the tank on a non-movable piece of rock.
Id appreciate suggestions on trimming (I was considering using a small tree branch lopper to remove parts.
Not as a commercial venture, but Id like to find a loving home for the cut coral frags (give-away not sell); Im in central NJ.
Thanks for your insights.

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Old 06/01/2020, 11:26 AM   #2
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Old 06/01/2020, 12:25 PM   #3
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Heres the hammer.
Thanks for any input (besides lousy photos ;-))

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Old 06/01/2020, 01:16 PM   #4
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Sweet hammer.. can't really tell if it's branchy. If you want to frag areas that are fleshy first rubber band off the areas over the flesh between heads. The flesh under the band will die causing a split so you lessen the chances of infection. You can use hydrologic tools (tools that are powered by an air compressor) in water. Saltwater will age them but you won't get electricuted etc. If you can't find one of these I would get a diamond jigsaw blade and do it by hand. It will take some time but should have minimal stress on the coral.

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Old 06/26/2020, 06:23 PM   #5
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it is a branching hammer. so all you need to do is use a pair of clean bone cutters, find the parts you want to frag off and cut that part off with the bone cutters. i usually cut 2-3 inches bellow the flesh to give plenty of room for either glueing to a plug or for the new owner to mount into their rock work

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