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Poorly Coral?

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by afeltham, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. afeltham

    afeltham Registered

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    Hello.

    Easy question for some I’d imagine but I’m new to this. I’m guessing the black bits of this coral aren’t good! A sign I have it too high up and close to thing? Not getting enough of what it needs?

    Help please. And thank you!

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  2. afeltham

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    Slightly better photo.

    Looks like some of the openings on the coral don’t have arms, and some have black spots instead.

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  3. doug_amanda

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    Strange,, coral looks healthy enough, polyps are out and it's not sulking, have you got any fish that could possibly be nipping at it?
     
  4. afeltham

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    So, I'm still not sure what is going on and concerned that I'm missing something - I'm new to this after all!

    - I'm struggling with brown sand a lot and on glass etc regularly.
    - lots of 'fluff' on the rock and outlets.
    - a few other seemingly poorly corals.
    - Nitrate was slightly high.
    - salt was low ( 33 )

    Now, I've sorted the salt out and done a couple of water changes in the process. Nitrate is slightly better now but no short term changes.

    Monitoring Nitrite, Nitrate, Phosphate and Ammonia. Should I be testing anything else?

    What do you suggest?

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  5. WardyC

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    I wouldn't think its the light I have one of them and it couldn't get any higher in my tank it's only a couple of inches bellow the water surface and my lights are pretty bright for my sps
     
  6. afeltham

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    Hmm. Things seem to have taken a turn in the last couple of days. Come home today and this coral now looks rather poorly and whatever is growing next to it seems to have grown a lot! There about 4 of those things ( what are they? ) in the tank.

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    I had a little bit of what stuff on another ( like cotton )

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    ... and an increasing amount growing on the rocks.

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    What could be going on?


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  7. cuprajake

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    well first one will be getting stung of the aiptasia.

    the rocks looks a bit like bryopsis
     
  8. afeltham

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    So what do I do?

    Thank you!


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  9. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Moderator Staff Member

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    For the aiptasia you can try filefish peppermint shrimp or my most recent success was with aiptasia-x
     
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    I had a lot of these and got a file fish , it got every last one
     
  11. afeltham

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    Disappointingly things seem to be taking a turn for the worst and I really not sure what to do. I clearly have lots of problems not just one.

    Came home today and more corals not looking happy. Have taken a few better photos.

    Any ideas please? Pretty please.

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  12. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Moderator Staff Member

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    what are your latest test results ?
    and how longhas the tank been running ?
     
  13. afeltham

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    Thank you Jim!

    The tank was started in August last year, and this is my first. Its been a roller coaster. 200L with 2 clown fish, 6 yellow tail {something}, 2 fire shirmp, 2 peppermint shrimp ( as of today ), 3 narcilus snails and 3 turbo snails. Water change is done on a reasonable frequency including yesterday. I have a Radion XR30, a nyos quantum skimmer and tube with LED in it to grow alge ( can't remember that name either ).

    Took readings again tonight, monitoring Nitrite, Nitrate, Phosphate and Ammonia - all normal except Nitrate which is slightly high ( 3 ppm perhaps ). I'm not sure if i should be monitoring something else.

    Now that the large mushroom pictured above has started to close up for the night the surface looks slightly yellow. Certainly a lot of the rock seems to be covered in whatever it is.

    Help! ( and thank you! )
     
  14. jim_fitz

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    Nitrate of 3 is fine normally
    But for softies might be a bit low
    Try feeding your fish a little bit more to raise them