Brown Jelly

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  1. lappiesreef

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    Hey Guys

    I have what is best to describe as brown Jelly on one head of my Torch Coral.

    The polyps on taht piece dissappread within a few hours and it is only sceleton left now... :(

    Is this a disease or even something worse? What can I do?

    I measured what I could:
    SG 1.023
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 20
    Temp 25

    Help help
     
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  3. Mad_Max

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    My hammed developed brown jelly two weeks ago. Boy does it spread quickly. I dipped it in Lugol's iodine (bought at chemist) and it looks 100% better. I read a lot before taking this action and most sites suggested 40 drops per 1 gallon of salt water for 10 - 15 min. I recalculated 18 drops per 2 liter saltwater (use tank water and replace with new SW).

    It seemed to halt the spread for two days, but it re-appeared. Spoke to my LFS and they suggested I dip 3 times a day until cured, or the coral is dead. Fragging of the infected area is also an option, although I am weary of that. I am planning to do this if it is not cured by Friday.

    How old is your tank and how long have you had this coral?

    PS. I am new to this hobby, so wait for more comments.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi LappiesReef - you could perhaps try raising your SG a little bit (VERY slowly) to perhaps 1.025, as well as give the LPS coral a diluted IODINE dip.....
     
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    Thanks Guys

    Max: I ave had the tank for only about amonth now, so also a newby...

    The previous owner had it for about 8 month though with the Torch from the start.

    Can the disease spread to Nennies, Sun coral, Shrooms, Zoa's?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Usually brown jelly does not spread LappiesReef.... Not as far as I know in any case. It MIGHT spread to the other "heads", but should not spread to the other corals.
     
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    Thanks J

    It id spread to one other head... Shout I remove the dead head?

    I can't believe how fast it actaully killed the head... It's like Ebola :eek:
     
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    IF it spreads - then break off the infected head (basically fragging off the "sick" part)...
     
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    I'll do that tonight.

    Any idea waht it is? Virus, parasite, bacteria?
     
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    Anyone ever try antibiotics?

    Gram positive or negative bacteria?
     
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    sorry too hear dude, i had the same once.
    it wiped out my entire colony in 3 days, very rapid!
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Sure you meant bacteria?
    Which bye the way is not the cause of brown jelly infections. It MIGHT be, but thats just speculation. It is surely involved, BUT then again, it always is.


    Focus on prevention rather than cure! It all comes down to flow and possibly parameters....

    Maybe i was a bit misleading here:

    Help!!! - SPS Corals

    And some more reading:

    http://www.sareefkeeping.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10805

    For more reading:

    It's a Small World, After All by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com

    From the article:
    From: (Anthony Calfo) PoritidHlthFAQs

    From the same post by Mr. Calfo:

    Like I said before.... There is no such thing as too much flow....
     
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    lappiesreef Thread Starter

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    Thank you Ivan

    That is some awesome info!

    Maybe I should ask ORI to investigate the organisms involved...but like you said, prevention is better than cure..
     
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