Flower pot coral damage

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  1. CharlieB

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    I woke up this morning to find a finger on my my flower pot coral had almost no coral left and the corals that are left looked damaged. To say I'm upset would be a serious under statement. It looks like the coral has been eaten. My 3 prime suspects would be a juvenile surge wrasse, convict surgeon or black spot damsel. Does anyone know if these fish can eat corals?

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    Charlie B how long you had the coral?
     
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    About 2 weeks now. That top finger had a full bush of coral(if that makes sense) and was opening fully when the lights came on. The only thing I've changed is I didn't switch the lights on last night.
     
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    It's Alveopora. Difficult species of coral at the best of times. Most likely died from infection. Highly unlikely that those fish are the cause of the problem. It needs really good water conditions, decent flow and fairly strong lighting.
     
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    to add to Lord Blackadder, you might want to do a coral dip and get food for it, GonioPower from TLF
     
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    Thank you @Lord_Blackadder. Your advise is greatly appreciated.
     
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    I have tried my hand at the goniopora corals twice and both times i was feeding them ect. They can develop brown jelly desease very quickly and unfortunatly for me none of mine survived even with dipping them. They are gorgeous but i have personally not seen too many that thrives in home aquariums. Pretty much the same with bubble corals.
     
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    The problem with Goniopora and Alveopora is that there are so many species and they tend to have very different requirements. Branching Alveopora do tend to be a little easier than most. Most free-living Goniopora (like G. stokesi, the most commonly seen species) are really difficult.

    The reds and browns tend to be easier than the greens and yellows. I've got a brown Goniopora with white centers that is really hardy and fast growing though. It's skeleton has grown about 50% in 3 months.
     
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    Thanks all, very new to the hobby so learning a lot! Thoughtit was a beginner coral, and seemed to be doing so well. Guess you win and loose some.
     
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    Agreed...:thumbup:
     
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