How to treat newly delivered corals & how to get them off the discs?

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  1. Dlaria

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    When I get my corals, I need to slowly get them used to the water; like with fish? I need to 'dip' them in fresh water-ro-or saltwater & Iodine mix? Can I use Kent marine Iodide and water instead of Iodine mix? Iodide and Iodine are not the same thing, but do they work the same? Keep them in a separate bucket for a bit first? How do you get them off of the little discs they sometimes come on?
     
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  3. Tony

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    Dlaria you can drip your corals from the pet shops water to your own. If the coral had been damaged or looks injured you can use an iodine dip. You can use salt water for this mixed with iodine. Regular iodine isnt water soluble so potassium iodide is added to regular iodine to make it water soluble. This is called lugols which is a mix of 5g iodine crystals and 10g potassium iodide mixed with distilled water till 100ml of fluid is obtained. Not sure on the empirical equivalents but I'm sure you have a converter somewhere.

    I would leave corals like SPS on their discs or cradles as the base tends to grow onto that disc and breaking it off can damage/injure the coral.
     
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    Dlaria Thread Starter

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    Thanks so much for your response, Tony. :)
     
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    Another thing to keep in mind is that the corals can come with pests such as nudibranches and dipping them in FW or a coral dip solution helps minimize the risk by killing the pests
     
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    I thought nudibranches only eat astplacia or whatever that bad one is.
     
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    no no no :(

    You get all kinds including those that eat zoas, and sps
     
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    Well, the acan never opened, has shrunk, and is turning white around the edges, and the xenia have closed up and stopped pulsing/opening. :( Everything else seems to be hanging in there for now.
     
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    Whoops, now the True Kryptonite Candycane Coral is turning white and falling apart. Looks like it's skin's coming off. (Coral leprosy!) The Pulsing Steel Blue Xenia are just little saggy lumps. That made me sad. They were so cool, for a few hours. The Australian Blue and Green Acan Lord Coral looks like nothing more than live rock at this point. The Neon Green Leather is doing great. The Metallic Green Star Polyps are out now, but some of their eyes are white. These Bright Yellow Polyps Coral are ok, and they eat little shrimp, and the clam looks happy. The Clown fish, 'John Wayne Gacy', thinks the clam is a nennie...

    So, looks like I've killed less than half of the shipment. Not sure what I missed, that caused all the death and destruction...

    Salinity 1.025
    Phos .25
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrate 0
    Nitrite 0
    PH 8.3
    dhk 12 (This won't seem to come down.)
    Last check of Calcium was 440
     
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    One of the fish may be picking on the candy cane and Xenia. Keep finding them knocked off their rock.
     
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    Dame this sounds serious:eek:! sorry about the loss.
     
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    My money is on your Alk here (thus far). Your alk may be too high and your nutrients too low causing the corals to sulk and die.
    Whats the tank temperature, methods of filtration, lights? Could the corals have possibly died to light shock?
     
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    look at the iodine...if nothing in the system all corals will fall apart...that kh is not high 12 is fine Ca and Ph also ok...I'm sure if you have the (Iodine and Iodate) tested and the (Iodide) there won't be any...Salifert Iodine test kits can test for all of these...
     
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    How old is your system?...and is the corals in question all new and plased in the system at the same time/ same day..?
     
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    If a system is low nutrient or ULN, with a Kh that high, you will burn the corals to death. You gotta have some nutrients in the tank to keep corals healthy at that high a Kh.
     
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    Hi Mekaeel...Sorry I just looked @ the system and it seems to be only a few weeks old...If so then there is the answer...
     
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    Shot man. So a system that is not mature and stocked to quick then?
     
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    Als you never had amonia present in the begining of the cycle period...when last did you test the amonia...as am spikes can and will kill live stock...?
     
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    Alpha's Iodine Tinkture that you buy at the chemist does mix with water..

    Can one use that to dip, and if so, what would the ratio be?
     
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    I'm not showing ammonia. These are yesterday's readings.
    Salinity 1.025
    Phos .25
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrate 0
    Nitrite 0
    PH 8.3
    dhk 12 (This won't seem to come down.)
    Last check of Calcium was 440.

    Think there's not enough nutrients, too much light, too high dhk, and a slap happy red coral wrasse that won't stop knocking over the corals.

    Temp is 80 f
     
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