Coral disease

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  1. PeterLoubser

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    I have a problem - the coral i bought last week has been doing well but started to get a creeping dark brown algae at the one end which seem to be progressivly killing the coral - took the coral out yesterday and brushed it clean. (Will try and post photos) Today the brown algae is back and progressing across the coral - obviously killing it.
     
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    What type coral ?

    Picture needed !!
     
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    By the sounds of it, your coral is dying and algea is growing on the dead ends. What coral is it and yip pictures will help aswell as water parameters, lighting flow etc...
     
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    Brown jelly disease. Use small airline lubing and create a siphon, vacuum all the brown jelly off and give the coral a freahwater bath with water at the same temp and p.H as your tank followed by a saltwater iodine bath
     
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    You may need to frag it before it kills the entire coral. Personally would only do the saltwater dip with Lugols's Iodine 1l to 10 drops. But you should still siphon off the jelly before you remove the coral or you will infect other corals.
     
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    Sorry wrong image .....
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    Not sure what the coral is called but as you can see trhe algae (?) covers it and is creeping across - what is left is dead and bleached ...
     
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    That looks like a pagoda/Turbinaria coral...... Peter - under what lighting is this coral? And in what water flow? How long have the polyps been retracted for?
    What's your calcium levels in your tank like?
    And exact phosphate readings?
     
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    The polups come out during the day but only by maybe 5mm or so. Have placed it in good position for full flow with standard Boyu 550 lights. Ca around 380-400 - don't test phosphates.
     
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    Peter - do you target feed the turbinaria, when the polyps do come out? If not - please try and do this.
     
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    What should i be feeding with - have various frozen foods i give on a cycle - blood worm, marine mix etc.?
     
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    Peter, those foods are perfect.
     
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    I cleaned the coral last night and rinsed it in fresh water - did not have any iodine - seems like problem is back again immediately. At this rate i guess i will have lost the whole thing by the end of the w/e. Is it likley to affect my leather which is v healthy? (only other coral i have at the moment)
     
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    You have to give it an iodine bath ASAP, it will help a lot
     
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    Bump
    You should not have to worry about the softies.
     
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