Help needed with Acro

Discussion in 'SPS Corals' started by Mekaeel, 28 Nov 2007.

  1. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    howzit reef gurus.take a look at the pic and please tell me whats going on here.notice the tips of the SPS are bleached.the coral is place high up for the last 2-3 weeks since i got him and has only been showing these signs in the lst 2-3 days.should i move him down to recover?
    water parameters are fine
    No2 - 0
    ph - 8.0-8.3
    no3 - <5
    alk - 7 still bringing it up to around 9
    ca - 420
    mg - 1300
    sg - 1.025

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  3. Tridan

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    Mekaeel I am not a guru i am sure you know that but here is my thought's
    Could be STN slow tissue necrosis.
    This could happen for a number of reasons.
    One of witch is the differance from the holding tanks, to your's, as in lighting and water param's.
    I am sure you know all this allready.

    One of the article's i read recently highlighted on lighting with regards to sps and sales there of. I think it was a uk article will look for it i know i saved the link.
    What is the cause, they attributed a delay in the necrosis to shock and the coral trying to acclimatise to its new enviroment but slowly loosing the battle. Hence the delayed necrosis. I am not saying that youre system is not ideal all i am saying is that maybe the coral just could not acclimitise fast enough to regain its strength and start thriving.

    Good luck i hope you win this one.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yeah i do agree about the STN.probably just a sensitive coral as compared to the others.in terms of lighting,i dont think thats really the issue as it was previously placed under a 250W MH.water parameters are fine and acclimatization was done the same as the orther corals that were placed in at the same time as this piece
     
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    That's looks like a predator to me.

    Sneak up to the tank at 3am with a red flashlight. I'm sure the culprit will have plenty legs and a couple of claws ;)
     
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    thanks Anthony..should i expect a crab?will try that out this today.will a dip in pro coral cure work?
     
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    If it is a crab, which it looks like to me then the coral will be fine when you get the crab out. It will keep coming back to it. You don't really need to dip it at this stage.
     
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    is it the normal acro crab that lives in between the twigs or is it the type that lives in the LR (hitch hiker style)
     
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    Live rock bandit.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i was thinking,just to be on the safe side,frag the colony of the rock its attached to and glue it to another piece of LR.what you think?
     
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    Could also be light. If you look at the other polyp tips they mostly seem to have bleached area's similar in shape to the one's receding
     
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    i think for now,im just gonna be on the safe side and place him all the way down for a few days and monitor.
     
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    i agree with DR predator dude, if it were bleaching it would be constant on all branches, if it were STN it would would have a starting point and move down and along, just my 2c
     
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    think i should frag of the base?
     
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    NO dude no where near that, move it YES, find the ***** and slowly kill it DEFINATELY!!!
     
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    those pieces that are damaged will recover quick enough if more damage is not done, if you move it the monster might not be able find it so soon
     
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    ok what im gonna do is frag the colony from the base and throw out that rock with all the holes that it could be possibly living in and glue the colony to another piece of rock.you think thats ok?
     
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    Did you catch the culprit?
     
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    nope,i took the entire rock out that it was mounted on and glued the colony to another piece of rock.checked up last night again but couldnt really see any hitch hikers
     
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    The waiting game not a cool one to play.
     
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    tell me about it.....
     
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