Colt coral shrinking?

Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by ronaldgv, 4 May 2010.

  1. ronaldgv


    8 Aug 2009
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    Costa Rica
    I've has this colt for over a year, I've even fragged it. Recently it started to behave oddly, it is almost always retracted and pale. Today I noticed what appear to be miniature white snails on the coral. Could this be the cause? If so, does anyone know how to treat this pest?

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  3. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman

    22 Dec 2008
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    HI Ronald.

    I would imagine the white snails are your culprit, but there might be other causes too. So before we go with the snails, just quickly think about these things:

    1) How old are your lights? With time, light intensity drops, and thus the coral might not be getting enough light.
    2) Could another coral be stinging it? If you have placed it close to a torch coral for example, the torch might sting it.
    3) Have you changed your flow pattern? Either increasin or decreasing the flow?

    Now, if none of the above factors (and others are welcome to please add) are in check, it might be this snails. Could you possibly submit a photo of them?

    I think a crustacian might help your problem, and some fish too (I am just not such a big fish expert...)

    My suggestion is maybe an arrow crab. Although, depending on the species of the snail, I might be wrong. Best to maybe either google us an image or take a photo.

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