Help identify this Coral

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  1. Itsme

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    Hi All,

    Sorry the photo is poor - took it with my mobile at night so lighting was not great.


    Can anyone give me some info on this coral. It started out with its polyps extending 3 - 5 cm during the day but it has slowly retracted and no matter what I do I cant seem to make him happy - all my other corals are fine and the tank seems to be happy from a water condition perspective. I have tried moving it around the tank to different positions and putting different water flows over it.

    I need some help on getting this little guy back to his former glory!

    Thanks[​IMG]
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Looks like a type of frogspawn, put it in a low flow area.

    How long have you had it?
    What fish do you have in the tank?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    some type of Euphyllia
    medium lighting,medium-low flow and leave it to settle
     
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    Euphyllia paradivisa i think.hard to tell with the actinics
     
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    foxy face, yellow tang, clowm, cleaner rass, two shrimps, small angel - not sure what type but he is not tackling the corals - been watching him.

    I have tried all sorts, moved it to a very low light, high light, low movement, high movement. Tried feeding all the normal stuff but just seem to be going backwards, I've had it for about 12 months now
     
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    Have you done any tests on your water like calcium, PH, alkalinity etc.

    How long has he been sulking?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    is it possible to post a full tank shot please,will beable to tell you exactly where to place.by the way,does your clown try hosting in it?and what lights are you running
     
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    if it is then this is what i came up with
    Colour

    brown or green with yellow on the tips of its tentacles. The yellow will sometimes appear to glow under actinic lighting.
    Hardiness

    Medium as long as you have the proper water conditions.
    Flow

    Moderate, but not overpowering or constant.
    Lighting

    Medium lighting will be needed for the torch coral to remain healthy

    Placement

    Substrate
    Feeding

    It can feed off of micro-plankton, along with nearly any little food bit you drop into it. It will consume pellets and frozen food when possible also.
    Propagation

    Torch corals most often take on a branching skeletal structure, making them much easier to propagate through cutting methods than many euphylliids. Cutting can be achieved with a dremel tool or CAREFULLY using a pair of pliers. Be sure to cut well below the flesh, and take care not to damage the live tiussue during cutting.
    Aggression

    Medium to high. It has tentacles that can extend from its base and possibly sting other corals. It also been known to sting humans, so you should be careful if you need to handle this coral.
     
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    will take a pic of the entire tank tomorrow morning with a digital camera my tank setup is

    1000L x 800H x 500D

    Salinity 1.024
    Alkcalinity = 11dKH
    Calcium = 300 - might be a little higher now that my reactor is back in operation
    PH - 8.0 (little low but coming up slowly - I've added a Kalk Stirrer a day ago)
     
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    your Ca is very low.should be between 380 - 420
    alk - 7 - 9
     
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    I've been battling with it since we moved house in July
     
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    what test kit are you using?
     
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    yeah - I have really battled with keeping the calcium levels up there - added a calcium reactor some time ago to try and help maintain and now a kalk stirrer. Hopefully I've spent got it sorted now - not cheap equipment to buy but tired of the buckets of water and kalkwasser mixing!
     
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    Red Sea kit
     
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    try another test kit,test kit could be faulty.
     
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    It is quite high up in the tank - possibly based on the info you posted I should move it to a lower postition in the tank near the substrate and also in less water flow - what's steange is that it appears to do better in a higher water flow but then maybe I just dont understand what low and high water flow is?
     
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    I have done tests with two different kits - I used the red sea kit as well as another and they both were pretty similar
     
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    what lighting do you have?how deep is the tank?and when i say medium flow - low flow i mean the tantacles should sway slowly in the water rather than just being pushed away with the current
     
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    are you using NSW or sysnthetic? if synthetic,what brand are you using?
     
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