Urgent help needed Dieing Torch Coral

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  1. Mitch StayC

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    Hi guys, yesterday my torch corals were looking good, no problems at all. This morning I noticed one of the heads was all sucked in, but didnt think much of it as most of the heads usually are closed up in the morning after the clowns have been in them all night.
    I got home from school at around 4, went to look at the tank and noticed 2 heads from separate torch corals were not looking good, especially the one below the other wich looks as though it may die. Please can anyone help me as to what I should do?
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    How long have you had the torch?

    Is this the first time the clowns tried to host in the torch?
     
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    bud, it may be Jellley disease and if it is it will eat your entire torch coral.
    You need to remove it and cut that head off with a hacksaw or it will spread to the rest of the torch coral...

    Do a search for Torch Coral flesh eating bacteria and fungus, you will find loads of info on the web regarding that.

    Torch Coral Jelly Disease
     
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    Its called brown jelly disease...
     
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    Thanks for the quick replys. @LCornelius, no they do it almost every night. @Quintin if it is this bacteria, it sure did act fast, I mean one day? Wow.
     
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    Follow the link and have a look...

    Had this on one of mine and you need to act fast with this stuff as it spreads like wild fire...

    Torch Coral Jelly Disease
     
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    Could the clowns have irritated the coral's flesh enought to cause this?
     
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    Can you perhaps post better pics of the heads in question?
     
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    Okay I just took the bad one out, the other one looks fine. I'm just uploading the picture and will post it in a few minutes. I have removed it from the tank and put it in a container with tank water
     
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    I can tell you what it looks like while the picture is uploading. The centre looks gooey and brown, most of the coral is gone. Then on each side the coral is tight, but doesn't look infected yet but I'm sure it will be. Looks like brown jelly disease as you guys mentioned.
     
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    Here is a better picture [​IMG]
     
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    It's moderate, maybe a little low? The tentacles sway in the current, but don't bash around.
     
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    What can I do now to try treat the coral? It has 4 other heads that don't look infected on the same piece of lr.
     
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    Told you dude.
    Take a hacksaw and cut off the infected head.... or leave it and it will spread.
     
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    Ok that's good.
    Follow the advice given so far, it has been sound.
     
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    Thanks for all the help guys, I can't hacksaw the head off right now but what I have done is separate the colony from the tank and put it in a container. I then siphoned off all the jelly and dead flesh, siphoned all the other heads on that rock just incase, then replaced the water with fresh saltwater. I'm also getting iodine tomorrow as this can act as an antiseptic, if it's still alive. I'm keeping a careful watch on the torch coral still in the tank, as it was very close, even sometimes touching the infected head.
     
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