Hammer -Why does this happen?

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  1. ronaldgv

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    I´ve had this coral for a couple of months, no signs of disease or anything abnormal, last Friday I added some aragonite to the DT and some fell over the coral, moved it a bit and no problem. I don´t know if it was concindence or not, but this head started to retract and today started to melt.

    Any suggestions?

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  3. mnd123

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    Yeah, looks like the hammer was damaged in the fall, although I had a head give up and die for no apparent reason too.

    They do close daily to get rid of effluent, are you sure this one is dying?
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    do you have any angel that might bite the coral it will close like that. My hammer did this cause the flow was a bit to high moved it and it does it far less often now.
     
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    Sometimes they will retract, but go back to normal.

    As soon as you start seeing any brown jelly it is dying, i would advise removing that particular head, as it might spread to the other heads and kill them too.
     
  6. ronaldgv

    ronaldgv Thread Starter

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    It is definetively dying, I used a turkey baster to remove the dead parts, should I pull it out and cut the head? Wouldn't that give more chance for spreading an infection?
     
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    Move it away from those shrooms.
     
  8. Raven

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    A couple of other reasons on why it might loose their heads in my experience:
    1. check for any Hermit crabs - I had a crab or two that just loved to climbed to the head, irritating it - later it will loose the head.
    2. Check water parameters. Once mine loosed it's heads one by one (at least one head every day) - I've checked water parameters which was off..CA levels and PH - I've corrected this and all was fine again.
    3. Water flow - check that you don't have a strong direct flow onto the heads - they really hate this:whistling:

    Well - this is a couple of reasons I can think off...
    Hope that the rest of it is ok!
     
  9. Annoying

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    I don't know if this will help but my torch coral did exactly the same thing when I had a mini cycle in my tank...
     
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