Can my coral be saved?

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Added my first coral to my Tank on Monday, I believe it's a type of Open Brain, which from what I have read is one of the tougher LPS's. Sometime today one of my hermits decided to snack on the coral, the pic below is the current state of the coral. Is the coral dead, dying, or just damaged, and can it be saved.
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Sorry mate, but that is dead, the fact that there is a little tiny bit of tissue left is probably due to the fact that the hermit was full up.

All i can see is skeleton, where did you buy this, it must have been dying when you bought it? the hermit was probably doing it's job and cleaning up, rather than killing it, but just as a precaution, what type of hermit was it?
 

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The coral was bought at a LFS, the hermit is one that occurs locally that has been doing a good job of keeping the tank algae free. Could temperature have killed it, at one stage the tank was at 30c (Need to get a chiller)
 

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You assuming the hermit is no more? :lol:
The hermit is still alive, just banished to the sump until I have time to return it to the sea.
 
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Sies Clint, Moz is in pain over the death of his coral and your joking about the fact that his hermit has now eaten itself to death as well.

Nasty.
 
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I'm sure that the temp could have played a part in a newly added specimen still adjusting to your tank.

Have you checked out your other perameters?
 

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I acclimatised the coral for 10hours in the sump, with partial water changes every half hour, at that time the tank was 28. My other parameters are;
PH 8.2
Alk 2.7
NO2 0.0 ppm
NO3 2.5 ppm
NH3 0.2 ppm
NH4 0.02 ppm
 
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Soz Moz, what did the coral look like when you bought it? And was there any sign of tissue recession when you got it? COuld you see any of the white skeleton?
 
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I acclimatised the coral for 10hours in the sump, with partial water changes every half hour, at that time the tank was 28. My other parameters are;
PH 8.2
Alk 2.7
NO2 0.0 ppm
NO3 2.5 ppm
NH3 0.2 ppm
NH4 0.02 ppm

Maybe too long an acclimatisation period...
 

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You assuming the hermit is no more? :lol:

beg pardon for the lack of correct grammer Gov:whistling: :)

The coral was bought at a LFS, the hermit is one that occurs locally that has been doing a good job of keeping the tank algae free. Could temperature have killed it, at one stage the tank was at 30c (Need to get a chiller)

30c is probably in the dangerous levels of tank temp, it could well have contributed to the untimely demise of the brain.

Out of interest what hermit crab IS the little fellow you found eating your lobophyllia?
 

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Don't recall if any of the skeleton was visible.

Acclimatised in the bag from LFS, in the sump.
 
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so did you leave the coral in the bag for 10hrs?! or acclimatize then leave in the sump for 10hrs? sorry just didnt understand
 
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May I ask you not to put the hermit back in the sea? You might be infecting our local waters with something it is not used to. That is the same reason why they don't want us to breed Knysna seahorses to replenish the natural population.

From my experience from 30 degrees celcius, corals begin to suffer and at 32 degrees they start dying rapidly.

May I suggest that you try mushrooms or zoanthids as your next coral. They are way more tolerant than LPS and can look just as good.
 

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I put the bag with the coral in it in the sump, every half an hour I took about 50ml of water from the bag and replaced it with 50ml from the sump, I did this for 10hours, then I took the coral out of the bag and put it in the main tank(after the lights went out). Was this wrong, should I have acclimatize in a different manner.
 

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May I ask you not to put the hermit back in the sea? You might be infecting our local waters with something it is not used to. That is the same reason why they don't want us to breed Knysna seahorses to replenish the natural population.
Dont' really want to kill it, any other suggestions?
 

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