Is my hammer coral in trouble

Discussion in 'General Coral Care' started by jaybeepee, 7 Feb 2011.

  1. jaybeepee

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    Hi guys,

    I've attached a pic of my new hammer - only been in tank since sunday. I would imagine the part where the polyps have died are a result of the shipping?

    Any help/tips greatly appreciated.

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    my params:

    nitrate: 10
    p04: 0.20
    SG: 1.025
    Ca: 450ppm

    Cheers
    Jason
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    how did you acclimatise the hammer?
     
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    I just wanted to clear something up. I always hear about people dripping corals on this forum. It really is not necessary. Corals take too long to get acclimatised and unless you are dripping them for a few days (which would be bad as well) you really don't need to drip corals. Just take them out the bag from the lfs and chuck them in your tank.
     
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    Hey Butcher,

    I drip acclimated it for about 1 hour. LFS SG was 1.024 and mine is 1.025. Will the hammer deteriorate or will it recover the part that has died? is there anything I can do?

    Cheers
    Jason

     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    acclimatise was also referring to lights (where was the coral "chucked" in the tank in reference to light and flow), perhaps dipping the coral in iodine or something not just dripping.....
     
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    hmmm, I have metal halides - thats why I put it at the bottom of the tank. I have sinced moved the coral to a slightly more 'shaded' area with more flow and the polyps are way more extended now. BUT, what will happen to the part that has died, where the skeleton is showing?

    I think I will do an Iodine dip tomorrow night though, just to kill any infection?
     
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    More flow is going to cause MORE problems. Try put it in a low light, low flow area for a while. Unless you start seeing a brown jelly forming on the coral.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Perhaps a little patience here is prudent. Like manic said it takes a few days to acclimatise properly.
     
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    Light acclimatisation is very important as you said. Especially if you have MH as most LFS will keep this coral at a very low light tank.
     
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    cool, thanks guys!
     
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    I got this one on Saturday.....

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    I didnt do the drip bit... just put it straight in the tank..(and worried for hours)... Then yesterday:

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    I placed it in the substrate in the middle of the tank after I read up that they dont enjoy too much flow. Then I switched off 4 of my 6 T5's left 1 x actinic, 1 x coral blue only.... Now there's a gentle flow over the hammer and it seems to be thriving... With all 6x54W t5's... and its not a deep tank (450mm)....
     
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    I see you getting married.... go and get married.... the hammer should be fine....
     
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    Good luck with that hammer. I've never been successful with the single headed ones. The slightest "nick/bump" and you can almost certainly say goodbye to the whole piece. I hope this one pulls it through but I'm concerned about that retraction at the one end.
     
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    The bad news is that if you dont treat it it will spread over the next week or two the whole colony will die. I had the exact same issue with mine, happened a few weeks after I added it and not straight from the shop. The only thing that helped mine was iodine dip. I made the solution of 22 drops per 1.5 - 2L of water, put the coral in there and used a turkey baster to blow off the dead and dying tissue. I left the coral in there for around 15 minutes at a time. I first did this every third day or so but it did not stop the receding, only slowed it. Then I dipped it for 3 days after each other and that helped. place the coral in a lower floe are once you put it back. You might have to do it longer than 3 days. Do it untill it looks like the dying stops.
     
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    I remember that coral and I do know that it came from tanks which have 250W MH on. I dont think its light shock.
     
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    what was wrong with your hammer @mariusmeyer ?
     
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    It started receding just like this one. These ancoras are sensitive to tissue damage. I am not 100% on what caused the damage on mine but I think too strong flow was to blame. The skeleton is quite sharp and easily cuts the tissue in strong flow.

    The polyps just start shriveling up from one side and starts dying. Its not brown jelly disease though. If you take that coral out and smell it you will get that rotting smell from the dead tissue.
     
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    Thanks for all the input guys. If it gets any worse I will try the Iodine dip. My only problem is I leave for the coast tomorrow eve for the wedding and don't trust the housesitter to dip it ;).

    Any fellow reefers keen to babysit it for me ;)

    I have Iodine and will pay real-estate rent in your tank ;)
     
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    where abouts are you in jhb? how long you going for?
     
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    Hey Butcherman,

    I am in 4ways area (Beverley) and will be away until the 28th Feb
     
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