leather coral

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  1. paul bloem

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    hye all

    my leather coral seems to be dieing, my parameters are as follow: PH 8.4, Alk 11.8(bit high), Calcium 380, magnesium 1200, phosphates 0.
    i`ve been running my system on NP pellets for the last for weeks now and all my other softies and corals are doing fine (my normal xenia is even groing). I do 10% water change weekly.
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    can you maybe give my any advise on what you think might be wrong?
     
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    generally softies like a bit of nutrients in the water but your other softies r doing fine. can u post a pic so we can c what type of leather coral it is.
     
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    give me 10 min and I`ll show you. its just taken with a cell.
     
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    It might just be sulking, they can do that. Until they release like a skin that covered them.
    If you can kill a leather....
     
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    First pic
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    Pincushion.

    that is something else.
    First time I put a phosphate reactor on my tank, both my Pincushions where completely dead within 5 days.
     
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    i hope its not gona happen because i had a phosphate reactor on before and it was fine.
     
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    Let him be for now. It does not look shriveled up. Might have irritated the pin with the Phosphate reactor (Could be burning him, but I am no Phosphate expert). But like I said, it does not look shriveled up. Might have formed a protective skin over the polyps. Give it a day or so to see if it'll shed the skin
     
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    could the pin cushion not be sulking? from what i gather they do that from time to time.
     
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    how did so much substrate/dertritus get into the pincushion? That could be causing irritation.
     
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    Agreed- hence building up skin and then shedding it with the detritus
     
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    I had it know for two years and there is always on him. You can clean it out and tomorrow its back
     
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    I can't see the pic's (our server and photobucket), but as long as there is no black patches on there. What's your salinity?
     
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    My salinity is at 1.023
     
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    Is the pincushion still sulking?
    Is the stem at least still upright? It is not slowly toppling over?

    And Golden head Gobies? or other that like to pick up substrate? Maybe move the Pincushion up a bit. After it recovered. How old is your light tubes?
     
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    As said previously softies tend to like a bit of nutrients in the water.

    Generally when something goes wrong something in the system has changed, in your case the change is the NP pellets....... Personally i dont think the coral is looking good at all, the patchy colour tends to suggest that it May be on its way out, removing the pellets may reverse this OR it may recover on its own as it gets used to the new water parameters, if your other corals are doing well then i would risk leaving things as is.

    Your salinity is a bit on the low side, generally 1025 is closer to what we like, BUT i would only change this if/when the leather recovers and then i would raise it very very slowly over about a 3 week period, bottom line is marine life can deal with a wide range of parameters BUT cannot deal with quick changes within these parameters (be this changes in light, nutrients, flow, salinity, temp etc etc etc)
     
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    Thanks neil,
    I did change the parameters over a period of two weeks and its time to replace the lights.
    I want to give the leather to another system to see if it will servive.
     
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    The leather looks if it is sulking....how long has it been closed?

    I wont stress up about this now...all the other corals seem to be doing fine...leave it for a week, see how its doing and then take steps.
     
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    How long have you had that yellow Angle? He has not taken to nipping at the leather, has he?
     
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    Still think you need to stop all that detritus collecting in it.
    What fish do you have? Perhaps one has suddenly developed a taste for the pincushion.
     
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