Candy Cane coral dying?

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  1. Fishcrazy

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    Could any of you have experience / advice to give me with the "heads" / polyps of my Candy Cane coral dying one after the other?

    Two different Candy Canes are having problems in my small 32L tank. Some of the heads are dead with just the skeletal structure left.The fleshy green part of my candy cane in one day started “disappearing”, it didn’t change colour and there was no brown or white stuff coming out, it is as if it just fallen off? They were doing great, never had a problem with them and now they are dying.

    To give little bit more info: this has been happening over a period of a few days with one “head” / polyp after the other dying. The polyps seem to be very well before starting to die, they are all plumped up with their normal colours.

    My tank is now 10 months old. All my water parameters are within usual recommended ranges. There is 2 Hermit carbs and 1 coral crab in the tank. Must I just dip them in fresh (tap) water?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    dont dip corals in FW

    you dip them in 1L of tank water with 1-2ml iodine, then throw away the water

    what light and flow are they under?
     
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    Where do one buy Iodine
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    Not too sure. Maybe at the pharmacy? @dallasg
     
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    Seachem reef dip is iodine you can get it at you lfs
     
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    Wats ur parameters?
     
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    iodine tincture from chemist is about R5-R10 for 50ml

    you can then use this in your reef tank
     
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    What's ur kh at
     
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    I lost a head or two the same way, in my case it was a worm that actually burrowed into the candy cane heads and ate them from the inside out.
    Look for evidence of worm damage if you touch the candycanes heads softly you might feel one that feels as if it is soft and broken inside that one containers the worm ( parasite ) remove that head and perform autopsy post a pic of the bugger if you catch one.
     
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    Kh = 9
     
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    I've dipped them Monday in 2ml Iodine for a few minutes.. I also moved them down to the bottom, lesser flow and light.

    My parameters is: Kh 9, Ph 8.4, No3 a bit high between 5-10, Ca 380, Po4 0.01, Nh4 0.

    Must I dip again tonight or just leave them or maybe move them down to the sump with less flow and normal light?

    Candy Canes.jpg

    Candy Cane sick.jpg
     
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    leave them for now, they can recover, mine did after a while
     
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    @dallasg :thanks: I hope they will. I love my Candy Canes
     
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