Need help with mushrooms

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  1. Keanan

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    I have this rock with 15+ mushrooms on it, for about two weeks now and noticed a couple of days ago about half of them is not opening, and if they do open its only a little.

    There is also some white stuff in/coming out of the mouths. What i also noticed is that its only happening to the ones facing the front pane and not the other side, as you can see the mushrooms on the back is open. What could it be?

    Sorry for the crappy pic, was taken and edited on my phone.
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  3. butcherman

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    can you tell us more about your system?
    size, flow, lights, wc, parameters, inhabitants, corals, how long its been running?
     
  4. Keanan

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    Tank size is 120x50x70h, flow is 2 x 6000l sun sun's. Lights are 4 x 54w T5s
    Parameters are:
    Ph-8.0
    Kh was not given
    N03-0mg/l
    N02-10mg/l
    Ca-360ppm

    It was tested on Thursday by a LFS. The tank is still new, it is about 2 months old, running with NSW. Ive got about 10kg of LR and about 10kg of base rock.

    When I got the mushrooms, my water was tested and i was told I could put in a coral or two. The mushrooms is actually my second coral.
    I also have a frag of GSP which is doing great as far as I can see. Other inhabitants are 3 hermits, had 4 but one was murdered and two hitchhiker crabs.

    I havent done a WC yet as I was told I dont have to and didnt get a chance to collect water but will as soon as I get a chance.
     
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    thought mushrooms are supposed to be fairly bulletproof
     
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    looks like your tank is still cycling

    a little low

    might be low
     
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    is there coraline growing in your tank?
     
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    Mushrooms are pretty bulletproof. I've has some similar issues with mushrooms before, but after a couple of days they opened up again. Is there any coral around the mushrooms that could possibly be stinging them? Like an LPS coral?
     
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    Personally I'd go with the massive waterflow. Try switching the powerheads off for a day and see what happens. I have some mushrooms in my tank, the ones in more direct flow are mostly 'closed' and the others in a quiet area are open and happy.

    I have a turnover of 20xper hours in my tank and you have about 28xper hour.

    Maybe switch one off to start and see if they react favourably. I also put my mushrooms at the bottom of the tank. Low flow and low light.
     
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    In the front, looks like metallic blue shrooms?
     
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    It is true that mushrooms prefer low flow. So rather than putting the pumps off, rather relocate the rock to an area of lower flow
     
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    I say flow, did you by any chance use aiptasia x or a similar product in your tank and by mistake get some on your shrooms. I messed kalk on one of my 5 hairy shrooms and it did what you are describing. It is doing better now. Does not look like other corals are in your tank to sting the shrooms.
     
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    Yip, its almost finish cycling. The only coraline growing is the ones thats on the LR, I think.

    Nope, the only other coral in there is a frag of GSP which is not close by.

    Could be. I was moving the one pump in different directions before it happened, will move it when I get home.
     
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    Not sure.

    Going to move it when I get home.

    Nope did not use anything in the tank except for special blend about two weeks ago. Only other coral is a frag of GSP
     
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    These look like greens to me, but then again its not a good photo.

    Recently when my tank had an iodine shortage, my mushrooms looked like these.

    Since your Ca is lower and your ALK is unknown, it is possible you might have a Mg shortage, but best to test these befor doing anything about it.
     
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    I dont own any test kits so wont be able to test for it. Would a water change help a bit, to bring the Ca and others up?

    This is the original pic:
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    yes it will BUT suggest you INVEST in some test kits ;)

    they are not consumables they are investements ;)



     
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    Will do so as soon as I get a chance. I wont be able to buy all or most of it at once. What should I get now?
     
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    salifert make nice individual test kits and are reasonably priced. like R120-140 per test
     
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    for sure if you knew what the parameters of your tank you could fix it faster than with several water changes.

    PH, ALK, CA, NO3 for starters:thumbup:
     
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    Sorry, I'm going back to the original quote here.

    The white stuff coming out of them sounds like they are excreting waste. Also, sometimes mine do the same thing. My Riccordeas do it too.

    On top of that, I have a Vortec MP40w and a 5000L Seio as well as a 2000L seio in my tank. I have loads of mushrooms in my tank and they are not being affected by flow.

    I think it is definitely a deficiency of some kind. Perhaps Iodine? Perhaps Magnesium? I don't see it being calcium.

    Maybe do a 50% water change with good quality salt. Unless you have access to Natural Sea Water, I see this as your best bet.

    As an alternative, you could pop to your LFS and pick up Brightwells Reef Code A and Reef Code B. But I would recommend you still do the water change. If all else fails, do a water change!!

    I hope it comes right dude!
     
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