Urgent help needed Alveopora Sick ?

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  1. Fishie

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    Hi all,

    If there is any advice on this please. Recently bought a branching alveopora from LFS, seemed to be doing ok - recently polyps in one of the branches retracted and is not extending fully for the past 3 days. After spot feeding with Goniopower it secretes a heavy slime mucus into the water column, any ideas please.

    I have attached a photo of the discharge after feeding. Hope I've done that correctly.

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    They are known to sulk, I have two, one sulks alot and the other is always open, try moving it around, leave it for a few days, maybe you'll find a spot it likes. Also, what are parameters like, Alk, Ca, Mg and pH?
     
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    How long have you been feeding it the goniopowder?
    And how long have you had the coral?
     
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    Water parameters, KH 7, a bit low buffing up now, PH 8.2, Ca 460-470, have not measured Mg. We've had the coral for just under 3 weeks, as mentioned all looking fine until about 3 days ago - feeding Goniopower once a week, also reef snow twice a week.
     
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    Any ideas on that mucus discharge ? Hoping not toxic to fish as my Midas Blenny seems to love it.
     
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    The experts may need to correct me if I am wrong but the discharge could be one of 3 things:
    1. The coral may not have been properly acclimated to your lights
    2. Chemical warfare with another coral
    3. Normal feeding response

    Are you running carbon? Have you dosed iron as well?
     
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    I have carbon in the sump, iron no. The mucus discharge does happen after every spot feed.
     
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    Maybe stop feeding the goniopowder for now. It seems to me that the goniopora's get used to a specific food and then does not react well when given a different food. Let us know if it doesn't open up in 2 days time. You can try adding iron and manganese thereafter, I have read on the net that people have had success in getting their goniopora to open after adding this to their tank.

    For feeding, I see some forum members had success with Seachem's "Fuel". My goni is currently fed Brightwell Aquatics Zooplankton M and seems to be doing well with it.

    Good luck, I hope your coral comes right! :)
     
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    Are you sure that mucous is coming from the coral? It's possibly coming from a vermitid snail in the rock that is secreting it's mucous net as a feeding response to the goniopowder.
     
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    Guys and Girlz,

    Thanks for the advice, will give it a shot - 100% sure mucus is secreted by the Alveopora after feeding. Keep all interested updated, thinking of changing feeding regime and position.
     
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