Leather coral problem?

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  1. tinusb

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    Hi all,

    I bought a leather pin cushion coral about a week ago, and it seemed normal, up to two days ago [well, today is the 3rd day]. It doesn't extend it's little arms any more - there's enough light in my tank [as my star polyps and xenias are fine]. There's no membrane or anything on the coral.

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    Can anybody give any advise?!
    Thanx!
    Tinus :)
     
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  3. Jason

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    Give us your water parimeters please, can help from there...
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    1.dont keep it to high up towards the light,they prefer medium lighting
    2.moderate flow
    3.allow time for it to settle,some take weeks before extending their poyps
     
  5. tinusb

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    K, I've moved it - so now the waiting continues. Off to town in a short while, but will post again later with results (if any). Will take water parameters again as well, and post if no result. Thanx :) T
     
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    i moved my pincusion about 3 days ago and he has only started opening up today
     
  7. Bayls

    Bayls Not often called Junior!

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    Mine sometimes closes for a day or so, then its back bigger than ever the next day. Guess they also have their off days sometimes.
     
  8. tinusb

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    Hey all! Well, this morning it was open! :) It seems like it shed some kind of skin or something, but everything is now 100% ---- is this the normal trend for this type of coral?

    Thanx again for the help all :)
    Tinus :D
     
  9. HenkHugo

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    yea - they shed a snot layer every now and then
     
  10. Warr7207

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    Totally normal, every 2-3 weeks my leathers shed and withdraw their polyps. This is growth.
     
  11. tinusb

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    well a bit of an update. Seems like it's a case of 1 or 2 days open, 2 to 3 days closed again... and this has been going on for quite a lot of time now - and every time there's like a thin layer of something being shed... is this normal? :)
     
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    Concerned about the every couple of days, are you sure there is not some sort of additive (Ca etc.) that is irritating the pin cushion ?
     
  13. tinusb

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    I have no idea. Can't get a descent hardness test, cause the SERA test is !@#$. I've moved it today to the substrate - figuring it might be too much light... but will keep you updated.
     
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    Put it in strong flow, might not open for a couple of days but will adjust. Try not to move and touch it to often.
     
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