"cutting" a toadstool leather?

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Joey & Xena are the best!
Jul 1, 2003
Covington, WA
My toadstool leather (see pics) is butting up against the front glass. I'd like to move the entire thing. I'd also like to make a couple of cuttings at the same time.

I've never done this before - can anyone offer any suggestions?

The pics are from the front and from the side to give you an idea of what I mean.

Thanks for any insight.


Well-known member
Jun 30, 2003
These guys are pretty indestructable so I wouldn't worry too much about damaging it. If you want to move it then just slide a razor blade between the base and rock. Try and make the cut as clean as possible. You can then cut a frag off it. Cut big enough so you can attach it somewhere with superglue, a rubber band, or just by wedging it between two rocks.

Search the boards under "frag soft corals" and see what else you come up with. This topic should be pretty common.


Jazz, great advice. I've also had success by keeping a mellow water flow on the newly cut piece and by dosing my iodine/dide directy on the cut. Keep the brand that works for your tank (or doseage) and add it directly to the new injury instead of top the water or in your sump.

I have found leather have a hard time for quite awhile after being cut. Also I have a 10-inch across leather that has been against the glass for a couple years. It closes when I scrape the algea around it, then opens soon after.

Good luck!
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