Long Tentacle Plate Coral

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  1. Quintonv

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    Guys i just have a quick question, How do they get bigger?

    Meaning do they first open up a piece of new coral( white ribbs) and the grow the meat and tentacles over it?
     
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    i think both expand at the same time
     
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    Can you post a pic of yours?

    LPS shouldnt be showing white ribs (skeleton). This is a sign that tissue is receading.
     
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    The plate and the flesh go together. If it shows parts of the skeleton while inflated then it is receding. Not good.
     
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    EISH!!!!!:eek:

    This morning when i was feeding the tank i noticed this. it had two ribs showing, ill take pics tonight.

    What can i do to help?
     
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    Pics please....

    I've been doing some reading... Plates *seem* to be able to reproduce asexually through planulation as well! I am not 100% sure of this, but now I've read several accounts where that seems like it was the only possiblity. Not very common tho. They can asexually bud little ones of the main skeleton and fungia are also renowed for the phoenix effect - dying and then months later suddenly sprouting new polyps all over the old skeleton.

    That said. Heliofungia (long tentacle plate corals) are much more difficult and prone to death/tissue recession that their short tentacle bretheren. Is it in an area of high flow? I'm trying to imagine how it would've suddenly been injured.. When did you get it?
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    Dane the coral is on the sand bed with medium to high flow depending on what is switched on.

    There are no other corals close to it that could even sting it, what is also strange is that this is the side that is about 5cm away from the glass side of the tank.
     
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    No i was actually wondering if its possible for it to injure itself in a very high flow area... With such large a large fleshy polyp over a jagged skeleton i think it may be pushed against its own skeleton and tear... They should receive low or moderate water flow.


    From > http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/april2003/invert.htm
    "Water motion

    Heliofungia does not like very strong water currents. Under strong flow it will not expand fully. It will expand beautifully under slight to moderate water flow that gently moves the tentacles. This movement promotes gas exchange and assures uniform illumination of the whole polyp."

    The bad news is they are quite prone to infection once damaged. But if the damage then it may still happily recover. Move it to a lower flow area, watch out for signs of expanding tissue necrosis and brown jelly.
     
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    when did you get the coral?
     
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    Ditto on what Dane said wrt flow (although not the only possible explanation), as for the area being close to the glass ...remember water "bounces" off the glass this creating a different flow pattern.

    I would contemplate moving to a low flow area coupled with a coral dip
     
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    +1 for the dip. (Nice to have you back on the forums regularly frans!)
     
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    Thanks guys, he expands very nicely his colours also turned more blue green. i will keep an eye on it to see what happens.

    WRT the dip, RO water dip?
     
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    No, Iodine.

    I havent had to use this treatment before - but here is what I found on another site. Perhaps more experienced reefers could give their input?

    Dip Your Corals - A Guide to Avoiding Aquaruim Pests | AquaNerd

    QuarInverts
    Dips/Baths
     
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    Thanx ill do a quick read
     
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    So here are the pix

    FRONT SHOT

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    SIDE SHOT

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    Loks like it is in an area of high flow. Move it to an area of lower flow.
    Although there is a fair bit of skeleton showing, it should heal up fast enough.
     
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    is the exposed area getting larger and if so how fast?
     
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    The exposed area is staying the same size, in actual fact it looks like the area is growing new skin. i will see where i can find an area of less flow
     
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    Thats great news, also agree that it prob needs a bit less flow. Stunning specimen!
     
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    Eish guys my plate coral passed away:( i'm not to happy about that
     
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