Hammer coral not looking great

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  1. Gazzer

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    Hi guys.

    Please could you share some advice here.
    My water parameters are:
    SG: 1.025
    pH: 8.5
    NH3: 0
    NO2: 0
    NO3: 0
    NH4: 0
    P04: 0
    Mg: 1400
    Ca: 450
    kH: 9[​IMG]
     
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    Parameters looks good. Hows the flow?
     
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    Flow is alright in the area. The tentacles wave in the motion of the water. Im baffled here. Scratching my head like crazy and going bald.
     
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    Hi Gazzer

    What lights are you running ??
     
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    Im running LED vortex illuminux. 3 watt cree LEDs.
     
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    Really difficult to tell from a pic.... Where the skeleton is exposed, did this occur recently? Brown jelly like substance?
     
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    Yeah, that was a while ago. About 2months ago
     
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    Google brown jelly, but sit down first
     
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    It could either be brown jelly or the tissue could have been damaged due to something bumping it or a stong flow. These corals suffer tissue damage very easily. My ncora coral got some tissue damage just after I got it and the only thing that helped was daily iodine dips and using a turkey baster to blow off any infected brown tissue. I was lucky and mine made it but I lost about half the colony in a week. LPS dont always make it back from this.
     
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    If it was brown jelly then the coral would not have made it for 2 months in my opinion. It spreads quite quickly if not treated.
     
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    I dont hunk it will make it. But will see what I can do. Maybe need some stronger power heads
     
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    Stronger powerheads will cause more damage to LPS. Like I said earlier, their tissue can get damaged very easily due to the their very sharp skeletons.
     
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    Well, to prevent this from happening again. What do you suggest I do?? Im not sure what I am doing wrong :(
     
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    Were the other now dead skeletons once full of flesh?

    This is what mine looked like when I first got it, almost dead.

    [​IMG]

    Weekly water changes and target feeding every 3rd day made it into this..

    [​IMG]

    Do keep in mind that on occasion they do like to throw tantrums and they do not like temperature fluctuations.

    Tok

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    Yeah... They were once thriving. What must I feed? And how?
     
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    I feed mine small slithers of silverside (fish) and BCUK coral food administered with a syringe.

    NOT at the same time, alternate between the two.
    The frozen silverside I defrost in a cup of tank water, cut into small pieces and feed with tweezers.
    Just one or two pieces, any uneaten pieces I remove if the other fish don't get them first.

    Hope this helps

    PS. you must keep up with your weekly water changes, minimum 15%!!!


    Tok
     
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    Google brown jelly, but sit down first
     
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    I'd say no. Brown jelly is more like a mass of gelatinous "goop" on the coral. Keep a close eye, increase the flow if possible.

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