Hammer head

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  1. Robster

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    Hey guys, yesterday i purchased a Hammer coral and after drip acclimating for over an hour i placed it on top the substrate in a area with moderate lighting and low flow. Earlier this morning the coral is still shrunken and is expelling some kind of mucus?

    Im just worried about the rate at which this coral has deteriorated, all the other corals are looking good.

    nitrates, Alk,Ph salinity, temp ect are all within the green so im not sure what the problem is :( oh btw it is a 16 gallon reef tank which has been running for roughly 6 months

    If more detailed pics are required, let me know


    Edit: after a 20 % water change it seems to be filling out abit but im still concerned

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    In what solution did you dip the coral?
     
  4. Robster

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    nah i didn't drip it with any solution, i meant i just did a slow acclimation with the tanks water.
     
  5. JamesHunter

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    how long has it been in?
     
  6. Robster

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    since yesterday, but it started to look abit better as the day went on, the 2 heads in the pic are the worst of the lot... i dont know why only those 2 got so badly effected
     
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    Check your water, the zoas behind it are also closed?
     
  8. Floyd

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    I have a similar problem with my pink branched hammer.

    All parameters are ok. The coral has been doing well for more than 2 months and two weeks ago it started deteriorating. I dipped it twice in Seachem coral dip, but its not improving.

    I can't see any fish 'nipping' the coral.

    I will try Purigen now.

    Let me know if yours improve.

    ;)
     
  9. Robster

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    sorry, the pic was early in the morning as that was the only time i had to take the pic, I did research and it looks like brown jelly disease so i chopped off the 3 heads that were effected and left the other two.

    Should i do a freshwater dip? is plain Ro water fine? or must i go get iodine
     
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    Eish it was in 36 hours and you chopped it :eek: give it time it did not look bad in the pic. mmm think you should have waited a little longer
     
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    Yeah, apparently these corals are vulnerable to certain diseases when stressed.. if you dont think a head can be saved... remove it to stop any infection from spreading. I just dont know if i must dip the mucus free hammers heads? or just wait and see ?
     
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    it was very bad, came back and there were no polyps ( just a brown mucus) but this was only one 3 of the 5 heads.. the other 2 look fine for now

    ill post a pic abit later
     
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    Ok but the pic you posted it just looked upset from the move post other pics...
     
  14. Robster

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    will do
     
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    Wait and see. Give it a day or 2.
     
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    here it is, still shriveled up but a few 'bubbles" are inflating

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    i type at the risk of being 'hammered' but unless it's an annie, a blaasoppie or a cucumber that's dying, as long as my skimmers are running, i tend to let nature take it's course...:010:
     
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    nice zoas btw,.....
     
  19. JamesHunter

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    Yeah I agree skimmer and keeping a watch normaly work for me
     
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    Was the coral fully open and healthy at the shop?
    How was it handled when it was bagged and transported? They have very soft tissue over a sharp skeleton and they do get damaged easily if to handled properly.
     
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