Urgent help needed Hammer coral dying

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  1. Criggy

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    Hi all -

    I got my first LPS - A hammer coral 5 days ago.
    Put it into the tank in a good spot and after about half an hour it fell off and face planted into the sand.
    ;I then went out and got some reef epoxy and fixed it to a piece of live rock about 5 cm off the sand bed. It was not opening all the way but looked happy and as though it was going to acclimate well. Yesterday morning I woke up to find as per the pic attached. It looks like it is dying :( there is some unidentified inhabitant in my live rock which I saw lastnight that may have been stinging the coral so I have moved it. it is now on the sand bed in another med flow position. all parameters are well within acceptable range except for Alk which was a bit low but im slowly getting that back up. I just also did another water change lastnight. This morning the situation has not seemed to get any better and the polyps seem to be slowly falling off. I have t5 lighting 2 blue and 2 white am running a big skimmer and flow in the tank is very good.
    Can anybody please recommend what steps I can take to save the coral?

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  3. shaunn

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    do you see any brown jelly over the damaged part ?
     
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    No brown jelly - polyps are just slowly going limp and falling off - only on the one side though as can be seen in the pic. in the position it is in now I have the lights off and it is retracted completely
     
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    What is your alk reading? I lost mine to low alk so might also be the case here especially since you mention that parameter is low...
     
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    they normally retract when the lights go off as long as you don't have Brown jelly disease it should recover is it one single head just keep an eye on it
     
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    Even if ur Alk is low the coral should have acclimatised to the lower ALk in ur tank ,and you would have seen it with in few hours not days are sure there is something not munching on it ie a crab.
     
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    it was at 6.9. I am in the process of pushing it up to 9
     
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    if you 2 heads separate them so you can alest save one
     
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    Be careful with getting the Alk up do it over a few days I found the key with keeping corals they like stability
     
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    My suspiscions were a crab or this unidentified nocturnal critter that had its legs or tentacles or what ever they are pretty close to the hammer and the damage is on the same side that the critter hides. thing is that I have moved it since and it still seems to be declining in health. I have gotten up a couple times in the night to check if anything is eating it and do not think that that is the case - can one medicate it to prevent further loss of health? feeding? Im at a loss at this stage
     
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    excuse my ignorance but is that considered 2 heads? @shaunn im slowly raising the alk
     
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    if you can separate the ok part from the part that is dieing do it soon before you lose the whole thing
     
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    to different stems from the base
     
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    This is probably the problem. The non-branching hammers are one of the harder LPS to keep as well. You are on the right track to get your alk up, make sure that it is at least 8 going forward.

    Hope you manage to save it!
     
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    There is only one stem from the base - any ideas as to how to save it?
     
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    Would it falling on the sand bed not cause it damage?
     
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    Also is there any preferred way to speed up recovery?
     
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    Dip it in a coral dip (seachem has a good one) or dip it in an iodine solution for 5mins.
    When you raise your alk, make sure that you do it slowly, max 1dkh a day.
     
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    ok cool - thanks guys for the information. Will get onto it asap - I hope it pulls through - if anybody has any other pearls of wisdom please feel free to share
     
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