Brain coral in trouble

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  1. ryana

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    Hi Brenda,

    I bought a red and yellow brain coral on Sunday. It was in good shape in the store and later that evening in my tank it opened nicely. Since then (on Monday), it has shrunk and seems to be dying a quick death!
    I checked my water parameters and they are all stable and well within tolerance. The coral is on a rock with medium flow and good light. I only have a 3ft tank so light intensity is pretty standard across the tank. I have 2 x T39 (white and blue)
    All other corals and fish are doing perfect so i dont want to change to much and affect the rest.
    What should I do to avoid a very expensive death?
    Thanks
    Ryan
     
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  3. Wes

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    T5 39W?

    What make are they?
     
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    What other corals?
     
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    You dont perhaps have an Angel in your tank?
     
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    You say you have it on the rock,check if the flesh of the coral is not damaged, I had my one on a rock and had the same problem at first I now have it on the floor of the tank and is doing well.
     
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    Thx for all the replies, will try to answer them all here.

    1. Reeftek globes (if i remember correctly, cant see name on globe right now)
    2. I have a hammer coral, zoas, star polyps, mushrooms, kenya tree coral
    3. Flesh of the coral was not damaged but seems to have a small cut on the top now.
    4. No angels in tank but have a bicolored blenny that seems to be nipping on it in passing( not sure if its doing that cause the coral is sick or the fish just curious!)

    Im still fairly new to the hobby but have been taking care not to overstock and have been keeping water parametrs stable.
    Ryan
     
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    Tried uploading a pic but i cant seem to upload it from my tab....sux
     
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    Is the coral bleached? It could be suffering from light shock.
     
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    I think a pic will definitely help. I don't think it's a light issue if you have other LPS in the system and they doing ok...I was going to go with a fish nipping it as well, but Blenny as a cause no, I think you more on track with your assumptions of the Blenny. Flow may be a problem...not sure what u regard as medium flow, but brains don't like too much flow...how is the flow in relation to the coral...as in is it direct?
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    Hi,
    No its not directly onto it but i will try moving it to an area with slightly less flow.
    My water temp sits between 24-26, is this ok?
    No, its not bleached. It still has colour but is all shrinked up and looking "sickly"
    If it is a fish nipping at it, theres not much i can do right unless i remove the fish?
     
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    Will upload pic tomorrow from my pc
     
  13. Kunhardt

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    Any updates on this problem?

    Water temp is fine shouldnt have an issue there. With regard to fish nipping it...you could try move it to a more out of the way spot that has little fish traffic so they dont come into contact with it too much...best bet though would be to remove the offending fish or the coral itself...problem you are facing now though is that fish will tend to peck at a dying coral when they normally wouldnt if it was healthy...so the cause may not have been fish related initially.
     
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    Coral was still the same this morning..... :-(
    I've managed to upload a pic (under my image uploader) had to compress pic fairly small so i hope they coral is visible enough to make an assessement of.
     
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    Hard to tell from that pic...can u get a closer shot as I cant see the coral all that well or the middle of it...from the pic it just looks retracted, but like I said its difficult to give a proper opinion from that pic. :(
     
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    Will try getting a close up pic of the coral....
     
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    @Kunhardt: I've uploaded a close up of the coral, what do you think?
     
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    Here you go...sorted...:blush:
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    Also cannot think that a Blennie would nip on a coral. They do tend to perch or rest on or up against coral. Give us a list of all the fish and inverts you have in your tank
     
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    Cool thanks....! how did you get it into the thread? :thumbup:
    Thoughts on the coral?
     
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    I went into your Image Uploader and copied it...then when I replied in my "reply box" I also pasted the photo...so it's on my Post....I can't Edit and insert in in you'r post...:tt2:
     
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