Help, mushrooms gone white

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  1. Fester

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    Over the last few weeks i noticed my mushrooms on a piece of rock started loosing colour. I moved it lower down near the bottom thinking it was getting to much light. Been there now for about 2 weeks and now they are white almost clear near the ends. Lights are 6x T5's, on for 7 hours a day. All other corals are doing great. Par are all ok, phos was a tad high, but undetectable on test kit. Any ideas whats wrong and how to get them healthy now? ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365013114.074221.jpg

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    Looks seriously bleached to me. You were right to move it lower, maybe move it to a more sheltered part (like under an overhang or something similar). Since it looks like it lost all its zooxanthellae so it will need to be fed in order to recover. Try something small like baby brine or Aquivitro Fuel.

    If it does recover, move it slowly back into the light (over the course of a few weeks) in order to acclimatise it to your lights.

    How old is your tank and what lights do you have?
    Hope that the more experienced members can add on.

    Good luck and hope they survive!
     
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    Lights are T5. 8 of them. Tank a year and a bit old, replaced all t5's 4 months back to giesman tubes. Ill get what u recommend to feed and try mend them that way. Thanks for the input
     
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    Looks like the lights caused some light shock, new globes and those giesemann are really strong
    As tekkengirl suggested and things should be ok

    As a matter of interest, what are your NO3 readings?
     
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    My mushrooms are looking almost the same. However not all of them are white. They are mid in the tank, lights are on 6hrs a day, and it is the standard Boyu TL550 lights. I've had them for over a year, but its only now the last 3 months that some have gone white.
     
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    I am going to move them lower in the tank and see if it helps.
     
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    if they stay white will they die?
     
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    If they Stay White will they die
     
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    My red mushroom are stating to look like this too- pls let me know what you did to fix them?
     
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    When adding ATI or Giesemann only add one tube at a time and allow 10 to 14 days before a 2nd one is added. Apparently Ati takes round 100 hours before it reaches full power. The strength of these tubes must not be underestimated.
     
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    Leave the shroom at the bottom it might colour up again. I have seen them bleached like yours but after time they regained their colour. It did take some time to achieve it though.
     
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    have they also shrunk in size.. i think mushrooms, zoas and other soft corals prefer slightly higher nutrient levels.. I think "undetectable by the test kit" could be not enough for them.. I experienced this with my nano tank where my only form of nutrients reduction was the GHA that was growing everywhere and the mushrooms and zoas were thriving.. when I moved them to the bigger tank where I use NP pellets the mushrooms are about the third of their original size and not as brightly colored.. tho not white like yours.. same goes for the zoa colonies..
     
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    also like other suggested move them away from the light..
     
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