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    I bought a new coral from reefer maddness two weeks ago. It looks really bad now, not showing ployps and now it is loosing skin on two branches. What should I do. I have it at the top of the tank under medium flow. I can't loose this coral it was to nice when I got it.

    -Tim

  • #2
    Did you acclimatize the coral to your lighting when you first placed it in the tank? Top of the tank is not a good spot for a new and unhealthy specimen.
    400 gallon reef, Bubble King 300, I~Spin, 2 x 10,000K BLV 400W, 2 x 20,000K Radium 400W, 2 x 6,400K Osram 400W, Schuran Jetstream 1, AquaController Pro

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    • #3
      I did for 2 days is this not long enough. Should I move it to the bottom now. I have it under 1 175 watt 14k hallide.
      -Tim

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      • #4
        2 days is not enough, more like 2 weeks.

        I'd move it to the bottom for now, and maybe amputate the ailing branches although others may be able to give you better advice on that than me because I'm still sort of an SPS newbie myself
        400 gallon reef, Bubble King 300, I~Spin, 2 x 10,000K BLV 400W, 2 x 20,000K Radium 400W, 2 x 6,400K Osram 400W, Schuran Jetstream 1, AquaController Pro

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        • #5
          Here is a picture of it. I have not moved it to the bottom.



          -Tim

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          • #6
            also could the plyps all be dead if the skin is still on most of it? Or are they just hidding?

            -Tim

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            • #7
              Someone else will have to chime in because I'm really no expert on coral health but it doesn't look good to me.

              A real shame, it looks like it was a really nice specimen
              400 gallon reef, Bubble King 300, I~Spin, 2 x 10,000K BLV 400W, 2 x 20,000K Radium 400W, 2 x 6,400K Osram 400W, Schuran Jetstream 1, AquaController Pro

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              • #8
                Does this ever end well? I would say 5-10% of the coral has lost it's tissue. The rest does not look too health but nothing is comming off yet. On a side note the rest of my corals seem to be doing better. I think I was using too much carbon so I took it out for a few days. How long can I run without carbon till it would be bad for my corals. I didn't see anything in the zeo help doc that said I had to use it for zeo to work. It seems like it is more for better water clarity and to take out cemicals if your corals slime.

                -Tim

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                • #9
                  Tim when I started Zeo I noticed a huge increase in recovery after tissue loss. I would not say that it is gone
                  Sean

                  Tank Specs:60g Cube SPS/Clam tank, ASM G1x Skimmer, DIY ZEOvit Reactor, 1x400w EVC 14k, Marine Life Aquatics CR-250 CaRx (RIP)

                  Not sure yet.....Build Thread to come!

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                  • #10
                    Do you have any issues with any other SPS in the system? If not I'd frag it before you have nothing left to frag. Place them in different places in the tank.

                    SteveU
                    “People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.”
                    ...Charles F. Kettering

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                    • #11
                      Tim, unforunately, as Timon suggested, that coral is in SDTN mode It's a fact that some corals will not adapt to our home aquariums, in spite of good parameters. I can tell you that if most of your corals are fine, except for the one pictured, carbon is not the problem. In fact, carbon neutralizes the various toxins within our reef. Yes, one can run ZEOvit w/o carbon but carbon use will add to the overall health of our corals by not only removing toxins, but also elemental overload in a nutrient-poor environment. Carbon can be detrimental if it is not P04-free, brands are changed, the quantity incorrect or it's use/canister is employed. Bob
                      "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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                      • #12
                        Did you QT or dip it to check for Acro eating flat worms at all? This coral seems to have a lot fo the syptons.. I would check that out right now.. If it does oyu want to dip it before the worms get on other corals.. Just a thought nobody has mentioned yet.. I REALLY do not think lighting alone would do this personally.. I run 400 watters and have placed many corals up top without proper acclimation. I have no more room down low heheehhe. Thats just me and it has worked without loss of coral. If anything they may bleach some but I never experienced loss of flesh from the base from to much light.. Also tissue loss from the base does not seem to have a great recovery and that being wild alone is bad enough for recovery.. The reason I say this is because most wild colonies like TONS of light and HEAVY flow compared to our closed systems capabilities. You also state the other corals in your tank look great so that leads me to suspect pests.. I truely HOPE I am way off the mark with this..

                        Best of Luck, Jeff

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                        • #13
                          I would like to ask for a moment of silence for my colony It has now been fragged. Hopfully a few of them will keep. I have two larger frags and 8 smaller ones in total. I clipped a part that had sdtn on it and have it soaking in FW. What should I look for as far as these acro flat worms. Are they really small?

                          -Tim

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                          • #14
                            Did anything come off? Shake them in the fresh water for about 3-4 min. If you have any they will fall off.. They actually look like red flat worms but are clear/white in color....

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                            • #15
                              Tim,

                              Hope at least some of the frags make it for you. I hope you didn't mean FW meaning fresh water. That will kill the sps frag for sure. You should always use iodine or sea chems reef dip for dipping sps or frags.

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