Help identify this Coral

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

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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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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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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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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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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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