Frogspawn Killing ricodia

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  1. dogstar

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    Hi guys,

    I got a few heads of frogspawn last weekend. One branch had two heads on it. During the move, one of the heads didnt take too well and started dying. This head subsequently took out the other head on the branch.

    All was still good in the tank.

    Last night i noticed that my ricordia nearby had shrivelled up and look like they dying. Water parameters are in check. Did the dying frogspawn affect my ricodia too?
     
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    Hi Dogstar - no - I cannot think that this would be the case.

    Let's rather do a full diagnosis. What is your water parameters, EXACTLY? Please measure and give us exact readings?
     
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    An LPS receding like you have described is an indication that something is wrong with your water parameters and the Ric. is showing you the signs as well.

    Only healthy LPS will start attacking other corals.

    Need to know your pH, Alk, Temp. and maybe Ammonia.
     
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    These are the readings as of last night.

    Salinity 1.027
    pH 8.2
    Alk 6
    Nitrates 0
    Nitrites 0
    Temp 26
    Phos 0
     
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    The other frogspawn in the tank are doing fine (6 other heads)
     
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    Well then I wouldn't worry about water parameters, sounds like this move has killed off the coral or it was on it's way out already.

    Was this ricordea moved as well ?
     
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    Dogstar - your salinity is QUITE high. Do you have a series of test-outputs? Do you always keep your salinity at 1.027?
    You alkalinity is also VERY low. It should be closer to 8-9....
    The rest looks good..
     
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    Nope, the ricordea were always there.
     
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    My salinity is usually 1.026 - so yeah it went up a bit. The alk is a problem - i am dosing seachem reefbuilder to get it up, but clearly not enough.

    Could the dying frogspawn and the slime it produced have affected the ricodea?
     
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    Hi Dogstar - it's not IMPOSSIBLE. How close are these 2 corals to each other?
    What water flow do you have in your tank?
    Do you run activated carbon on your tank at all? How does the water flow, in the area where these 2 corals are located? Does the current actually go from the frogspawm to the ricordia?
     
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    They are kind of next to each other, 10 -20 cm apart. The rics are a little higher and to the left of the frogspawn.

    The flow on that side of the tank comes over both rics and froggies into the glass and i suspect reflects back into them both.

    I am running activated carbon. Its in a stocking in the sump.
     
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    Got home last night, the rics were looking in a lot better shape. I think i that brown slime/the dying branch of frogspawn was the problem.

    Will keep an eye out to see what happens in the next few days.
     
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