Brain Coral

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  1. HeikoS

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    Hi Guys.
    I need some help on my Brain Coral. I bought a brain coral on Sunday, since then it didn't inflate. It looks like it's mouths are constantly open, and this morning I saw patches of tissue comming off it? What must I do, can I save it?
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA!
    Can you perhaps post a pic of the coral?
    What are your tank parameters? Well need a littel bit more info on your system so that we can give you the best advice possible.
     
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    Can you post a good close-up of the Brain Coral...? It would help in trying to figure out what could be the problem...do you have fish that could be nipping at it...? Not sure which "Brain Coral" you have, but maybe it's in a spot where the flow is to strong...? Can you tell us about you'r Tank...the size...the Lighting you have and where you placed the Coral currently....hmmm maybe the type of Fishy's you have...in case it's a bit of nipping...although it does sound a bit more than that...sometimes when something is "dying" you'r CUC will be by it in a flash...
     
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    Thanks,
    My Tank Parameters are fine, did tests on Sunday and they are all withing the correct levels. Tank Size itself, 1.8m. I only started the tank recently and the guys at the shop told me that these corals are quite hardy. I also bought a Fungia as well as a zoanthids and they seem to be doing very well.
     
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    Can you please give us the actual Parameters as well as current Lighting...and please mention placement aswell...as it's either the Test Reading's or Lighting or Placement....
    and can we please have the photo to see "how" the tissue looks...
    Please...we are trying to help and need as much info as possible...:)
     
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    here an Image

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    MG 1500, alkalinity 3.88, KH 10.9, CA 500, SG 1.026
    Water temp. about 25.5 degrees C.

    The coral is directly on the substrate, in a moderate flow. I moved it once to a place, behind rocks with less flow, but nothing happened either. I use Metal Halide Lights, 1.5metres with 2 white, a blue and a pink one.
     
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    How did it look when you bought it? That coral is very bleached and not healthy at all.
    How long has your tank been running?
    Please post the actual parameters and your tank specs (size, lighting, filtration etc).
     
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    Im afraid I think that guy is gone :( the mouths are open because theres decaying tissue on the inside, how much did u pay for this coral,

    @ 495b - it does look bleanched indeed
     
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    Just posted this on the top, What else do you guys need? The tissue seems to be coming off the pink edges. The coral had a lot more colour when bought and gradualyl started losing it.
     
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    Could possibly be light shock, I had a doughnut coral(type of brain), left the lights on for 2 hours more than usual and it jus bleached and died. what were the lighting conditions at the LFS?
     
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    Nitrates
    Nitrites
    Ammonia
    Phosphates
    pH
     
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    also how did you acclimate it?
    if the params are different from the LFS, the shock can cause stress and lead to infection.

    While your params are in check, the are a little higher than most LFS would keep there stock at
     
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    That coral is dying im afraid it can only be rescued by excellent water parameters and feeding as it has lost it's zooxanthellae, if you bought it on sunday and it was already those pastel colours then it was already on it's way out do a google search on healthy brains and you will see that the pastel colours only show when the coral is bleached .If you look at the brain in deadmeat's avatar that is the colour of healthy brains!
     
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    Guys, thanks for your help,but i guess it is to late.

    What happends now if i leave the decomposing coral in? Will itn release any toxins harmfull to my tank?
     
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    Leaving a decomposing coral in your tank will cause a spike in ammonia. Rather take it out the tank and if it smells dead then throw it away.
    I suggest you post your othert parameters (nitrate/phosphate/etc) so that we can find out what caused the fast decline of the coral and thus prevent it happening again.
     
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